Everyone knows the adage about an apple a day, and like other old health axioms based on anecdotal evidence, modern research has basically shown it to be true. The numerous health benefits of apples are known to be due to various components within the apple—the fiber or the pectin, the vitamins, the polyphenols. But a new study in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology finds that apples also harbor a startling amount of bacteria—some 100 million organisms per apple. But far from being a health risk, these bacteria are likely a good part of the reason that apples are so healthy.
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