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Last night in Australia, a fairly trashy show called Today Tonight (basically current affairs for rednecks)  had a headline story about getting a scientist to test a whole range of supermarket fruit across the country.

 

The results were pretty frightening to me.   A lot of the produce  was OLD. 

 

 For example:

 

"The oldest apple we found in Sydney was aged eleven and a half months, sourced from Coles. Woolworths had the freshest, at nine months, and independent Harris Farm – ten months."

 

 (read for yourself here: http://au.news.yahoo.com/today-tonight/latest/article/-/12961333/ag... )

 

Apparently they do it through keeping the produce in 'atmosphere controlled environments', eg low oxygen and carbon dioxide.

 

Can anyone answer some questions for me?

 

1) If an apple is stored for 11 months, what effect does that have on the nutrients?

 

2)  Does being stored in such an environment have any negative effect on the fruit beyond 'preserving' it?

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