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Apple on Scales

Lower Calorie GM Apple

By Dietitian, Juliette Kellow BSc RD

Believe it or not, scientists from the University of California have found a way to make ‘diet’ apples.

Researchers have genetically modified apple trees so they store sorbitol – a sweetener – instead of fructose, a naturally occurring sugar found in most fruits. As a result, the apples contain less than half the calories of a regular apple. It’s thought the same process can be used to produce other ‘diet’ fruits, too, including plums, pears, cherries and peaches.

WLR says:

Manufacturers have been working hard for years to produce healthier and lower-calorie versions of favourite foods. But let’s get things in perspective. Fruit is already low in calories! An apple contains just 50 calories, a pear just 65 calories and a plum, just 20 calories. This sounds like another diet fad that hopefully won’t make the supermarket shelves!

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