Rumble box: Apple vs orange

Rumble box: Apple vs orange

In this week's Rumble Box, Mabel Sieh and Wong Yat-hei are engaged in an argument about Apple vs orange.

Apple

First, let's talk facts: did you know there are more than 7,500 varieties of apples worldwide? The ones we often see in supermarkets here are the bright red, heart-shaped Red Delicious grown in the US, and the round super-sweet Fuji originally from Japan, now also grown in the US. There are also the green Granny Smiths, orange-tinted Honeycrisps and many, many more. Just reading their names make me happy and want to eat them now.

We often hear the saying: "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." Apples are certainly good for your body; one apple has five grams of fibre or 20 per cent of the daily fibre recommendation. Studies have found that pectin, a soluble fibre found in apples, can help to lower the chances of heart disease, cholesterol level and blood pressure, not to mention it also helps to keep your waist trim.

There are so many interesting apple recipes, too: add them to cookies, bake them in an apple pie, use them in a sweet Japanese curry for dinner ...

I especially love the delicious classic Chinese soup of pork bones and apple - my mum adds dates and almonds - which works magic if you have a cough.

Don't get me wrong, Hei. I like oranges, too, but it's a bit tricky to peel an orange in the office, with all the juice splashing over my keyboard. You also need both hands when snacking on an orange, whereas biting an apple is easy - and crunchy!

Oh, and a special fact, just for you, to sway you to my way of thinking: don't peel your apple, as the skin contains a compound called ursolic acid which builds your muscles so that you can play even more basketball!

Mabel Sieh


Orange

If I have to choose between these two juicy fruits, I'll go for the orange every time because it's so convenient. I slice it into four and enjoy it, saving the trouble of peeling the skin, as I do with an apple.

It's also much easier to carry around. An orange's skin orange protects it, so there's no need to worry that it will be crushed and bruised like an apple.

Hong Kong is under the threat of the new bird flu virus - and there seems to be a new kind of virus every year. If you want to stay flu-free, it's wise to eat an orange every day. Eating fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C, such as oranges, will help to keep your immune system strong enough to fight off these bugs.

I also like oranges because they're the same colour as the main ingredient of my favourite sport - the basketball. In fact, there's a university basketball team in the United States that uses this bright citrus fruit as its nickname: the Syracuse Orange. I can't think of any awesome teams naming themselves after apples.

If you've watched The OC, you'd also know that "OC" refers to Orange County in California, another great thing named after the orange.

And if nothing so far has convinced you, consider an apple after it has been peeled and left for just a minute. That horrible, brownness that appears creeps me out. Now, that is one ugly fruit!

Wong Yat-hei

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