British Dental Association warnings that the sugar content of modern, sweeter apple varieties such as Braeburn, Fuji and Pink Lady could cause tooth decay has been swiftly challenged by the French. The BDA report is supported by research by the USDA which has found modern varieties have a sugar content of around 15%, a third higher than older varieties. But according to Andree Giraud, president of the Aprifel Scientific committee in France, the research is misleading because it compares the percentage of sugar to the dry matter content, but an apple is 84% water. "This means it only contains 1-2% fructose and glucose ­ representing about half a teaspoonful," he said. {{NEWS }}