You have heard the saying, An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
In new research published online September 29 2012, Journal of Functional Foods, study participants who ate one apple every day for four weeks had reduced blood levels of oxidized low-density lipoprotein (LDL or "bad" cholesterol. ) This means that eating an apple a day can reduce your risk of atheroschlerosis (hardening of the arteries)
Participants who took a supplement containing polyphenols similar to those found in apples also had lowered oxidized LDL, but not as much as those who ate apples. A control group taking a placebo or "sugar pill" experienced no change in oxidized LDL.
Once again, it is no secret that apples are good for you. Another conclusion one can draw from this study is that eating fresh food works better than taking a supplement.
Apples are rich in antioxidants and some of the value is in the peel.
Apples are about the same nutritionally whether organic or not. However, if you are eating the peel, organic should have less exposure to pesticides. In any case wash your apples before you eat them.
The photo is of a Rome apple which is a good apple to make an apple pie, which is what I plan to make for Thanksgiving.