Look for out some of the locally grown varieties
The traditional saying: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, seems to be one that we’ve taken to heart. But can the most popular fruit eaten in the UK help keep your teeth healthy as well?
Apples were first introduced to Britain by the Romans and there are now more than 6,000 varieties of apples recorded in the National Apple Register of the United Kingdom. They’ve traditionally been grown across the whole of the UK and we even have our own local apple. Described as soft, juicy and sweet, the Beauty of Bath was introduced around 1864.
Today’s most popular eating apples, Gala and Braeburn, originated from New Zealand and weren’t planted in English orchards until the 1990s. Other familiar apples on the supermarket shelves include Granny Smith (which originated in Australia) and Golden Delicious, an American apple introduced to the UK in 1914.
The most famous English apple is Cox’s Pippin which originated in Buckinghamshire (we ate 10,000 tonnes of them last year). But if you want to sample other British varieties pay a visit to Buss’s on Keynsham High street for a wide range of locally grown varieties.
Apple Day (21 October) was launched in 1990 by the charity Common Ground to help promote and preserve old apple varieties and conserve the traditional orchards. You can find out more https://www.commonground.org.uk/apple-day/
But what about your teeth?
As most apples are acidic, you could be forgiven for thinking that they would cause damage to the enamel on your teeth. However, the natural sugars contained within apples actually help neutralise harmful acids in the mouth. As well as this, chewing apples is another good mouth workout for saliva production, and they’re packed with vitamins to keep your gums healthy.
Despite the saying, a recent research study found no evidence that people who ate a daily apple visited their doctor less than those who didn’t. They might keep you away from dentists though! We encourage you to keep up the apple chomping habit because apples only contain 12g of sugar per 100g making them much better for your teeth than chocolate!