Saturday, January 17, 2004
Peeling Apple Reportedly Stimulates Brain : "Feeling a little dull? A sharp knife and an apple might just help.

While most everybody knows an apple-a-day keeps the doctor away, Japanese scientists have found that peeling one may be good for you too.

A nationally circulated Japanese newspaper, Mainichi, reports that scientists at Japan's National Food Research Institute have shown that peeling an apple stimulates the most highly evolved section of the brain.

According to the report, the team used near infrared spectroscopy analysis to measure changes of blood flow to the frontal brain lobes of 14 adults.

They found blood flow increased 'conspicuously' when the subjects actually peeled but did not when they only rubbed the apple with the knife. That led to the conclusion that a complex task involving the use of a potentially dangerous tool was activating the frontal lobes.

The results will be published in the January online edition of the American scientific journal NeuroImage. "

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