You're absolutely right. We've got to be aware of the media effect. They want some new story that will get people excited, rich, angry, or triumphant. I agree that you shouldn't eat an apple you dislike rather than one you like. I think it's more important in choosing between two that you like. One of the factors influencing our health is that we simply eat much less fruit than people in England or in our past. I actually found this study while I was looking for a different one. Below I'm going to put the highly different conclusions some have come to in different studies, although I will say that in the studies I've seen that included crabapples by volume, crabapples have always won. I think it's because they have the higher peel to flesh ratio. If it's not by volume, perhaps Wolf River will win because it's so huge.
DIFFERENT CANADIAN STUDY RED DELICIOUS
The study, to be published in the June 29 issue of Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, compared apple varieties popular in Canada, some of which are available only regionally in the United States.
Red Delicious, which account for 27 percent of U.S. apple production, has more than six times the antioxidants as the bottom-ranked Empire variety. Northern Spy was No. 2, followed by Cortland, Ida Red, Golden Delicious, McIntosh and Mutsu.
And in every variety tested, the skins of the apples contained substantially higher levels of antioxidants than the flesh.
But if you simply can't bear to eat the peel, the sweet-tart Northern Spy ranks No. 1 for antioxidants in flesh alone. Cortland was second, followed by Red Delicious.
Tsao attributed the variations to differences in growing seasons, geography and genetic predispositions.
Though apples have significantly lower concentrations of antioxidants than other fruits, especially many berries, researchers say year-round availability and greater popularity might make them a better source for many people.
In the United States, apples are second only to bananas among popular fruits. The average adult ate about 16 pounds of fresh apples in 2003, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Jeffrey Blumberg, a professor of nutrition and antioxidant expert at the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts, praised the research, saying analyzing and ranking foods in this manner is key to understanding disease.
"This is the tool that epidemiologists need to look at diet-health relationships," he said. "One can ask a question such as, 'How many apples do you need to eat a day to prevent heart disease or keep the doctor away?"'http://www.nysaes.cornell.edu/hort/fq/http://www.nysaes.cornell.edu/hort/f...03/NYFQW04.pdf
A wide range in antioxidant content among different apple cultivars has also been found (Boyer and Liu, 2003/04). Fuji had the highest level of flavonoids, followed by Delicious, Northern Spy, Fortune, Gala, Liberty, Rome Beauty, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Idared, Cortland, and Empire in decreasing order. Fuji also had the highest level of phenolics, followed by Delicious, Gala, Liberty, Northern Spy, Golden Delicious, Rome Beauty, Fortune, Jonagold, Idared, Cortland, and Empire in decreasing order. Similarly, MacLean, Murr, and DeEll (2003) showed that the antioxidant capacity of Empire was half that of Delicious apples.
Lee, Rupasinghe, and Jackson (2004) investigated the major phenolic profiles of eight Ontario-grown apple cultivars and found that the total antioxidant capacity, total phenols content, and flavonoids levels were the highest in Honeycrisp and Delicious, moderate in Idared, Spartan, Granny Smith, and Cortland, and the lowest in Crispin and Empire. Furthermore, apple peel contained 2 to 10-fold higher levels than the core and flesh tissue.
Australia: Pink Lady Cripps Pink
Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Gala.
Dr. Greger: Old list: Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Gala, Golden Delicious, Fuji
New List: Crabapples, Ida Red, Red Delicious, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith , Cortland, Braeburn, Gala, Golden Delicious, Empire, McIntosh, Fuji and Golden nugget at bottom of list.http://nutritionfacts.org/video/the-healthiest-apple/