The healthful component of tea and apples seems to be epicatechins. Bix, the Fanatic Cook, writes:
“Other good sources of epicatechins, besides apples and tea, include blackberries, broad beans, cherries, black grapes, pears, raspberries, and chocolate. Red wine also contains epicatechins….”
Bix worries about the alcohol in wine causing cancer. Keep your consumption low to moderate and cancer shouldn’t be a problem.
TeaGuardian.com says green and white teas have the most catechins (same as epicatechins, I assume for now).
The study at hand involved Dutch men, so we don’t know if results apply to women. It’s an observational study. The men with the highest epicatechin consumption had a 38% lower risk of death from coronary heart disease compared to the lowest consumers. Perhaps because it was a relatively small study involving only Dutch men, the researcher write that “More studies are needed before conclusions can be drawn.”
Steve Parker, M.D.
PS: Have you heard that the Mediterranean diet is also good for your heart?