1 Year Old Apples : The Apples You Consume May Be 1 Year Old!

Many of the apples we consume are generally known as ‘Birthday Apples’ in the industry because of the 1 year spent in storage before they enter our supermarkets. Unless you’re fortunate enough to have your own tree, most of the the apples in general circulation have sat at low temperature, in low levels of oxygen, high levels of carbon dioxide, as well as being sprayed with 1- methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) and waxed prior to consumption.

The USDA’s Agricultural Research Service state that the above mentioned conditions that apples are stored in slows the apples natural production of ethylene, a key chemical contributing to the perishing process of apples.

So what are the consequences of this on human health, probably very little, but it’s just an interesting little fact that perhaps many would not have otherwise known, or expected! However, antioxidant levels may start to decline after 3 months meaning 1 year of storage may leave apples with next to no antioxidants whatsoever!


USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, (2013). Storage of Apples. Retrieved 15th Oct, 2013, from http://www.usda.gov/fundinglapse.htm

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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