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You’re Eating Apples Wrong

Did you know that the average person wastes 30 percent of every apple they eat? If you throw away the apple core, you’re one of those people — because the apple core DOESN’T EXIST.

The apple core isn’t real, writes James Hamblin on The Atlantic. And there’s no reason to discard it. “There is a thin fibrous band, smaller in diameter than a pencil and not bad to the taste,” he explains. “If you eat your apple vertically, it is not noticeable.”

Don’t believe him? Watch him prove it.

And if you need more convincing to try it his way, just think of the money you’ll save. Hamblin estimates that if each of us eat an apple a day at $1.30 per pound, we’re wasting $42 per person per year—a total of $13.2 billion annually.


How do you eat your apples? And if you’ve been eating the core all this time, why didn’t you enlighten the rest of us sooner?!


Read more: Basics, Eating for Health, Food

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Diana Vilibert

Diana Vilibert is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn. You can be blog-friends with her at, or tweet her at @dianavilibert.


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9:23PM PDT on Apr 5, 2014

One third of the apple wasted by not eating the core? ? They must be small ! apples.

8:29AM PDT on Mar 19, 2014

First WHY I should eat apples, then why I SHOULDN'T eat apples, then WHICH apples I should eat, now HOW to eat the apples I eat??!!??
Excuse me, I need to read some news and sign petitions.

8:17AM PDT on Mar 19, 2014

ants too

8:20AM PST on Mar 8, 2014

very interesting

5:02AM PST on Mar 8, 2014

yes I do eat all my apples and enjoy them.

7:02PM PST on Mar 4, 2014

My dad always ate the whole apple and told us that we were wasting it because we didnt. Maaan, my dad was RIGHT AGAIN! :/

12:42AM PST on Mar 2, 2014

Thank you :)

3:46PM PST on Mar 1, 2014

I know some people who eat the core but not me.

11:15AM PST on Mar 1, 2014


2:11AM PST on Mar 1, 2014

I prefer persimmons and nectarines. But, thanks anyway.

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