It’s long been said by the old wives that an apple a day keeps the doctor away but now a compound within the fruit has been hailed as a possible weapon in the fight against obesity.
Scientists have found that the chemical that creates the waxy sheen on apples helps build muscle and keeps cholesterol and blood sugar under control.
University of Iowa’s Dr Christopher Adams said studies showed apple peel’s ursolic acid, which increases muscle mass and so called ‘good’ brown fat in mice, also helped reduce obesity, pre-diabetes and fatty liver disease in the lab mice, the Daily Express reported.
“However, we were surprised to find that ursolic acid also increased brown fat, a fantastic calorie burner. This increase may also help protect against obesity,” he said, adding his next stage of tests will determine if the ursolic acid can “help patients”.