You’ve probably heard the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” And if you haven’t, now you have. But, is this saying actually true?
Whether or not an apple really keeps the doctor away, it is certainly a healthy choice and would be a smart addition to your diet.
What Makes It So Healthy?
The key to getting the most benefit from apples is to eat the peel.
According to WebMD, researchers from Cornell’s Food Science and Toxicology Department found that the antioxidant properties of one fresh apple were equal to about 1,500 milligrams of Vitamin C. And, they also suggested that a combination of plant chemicals, found mainly in the skin of apples, provides the bulk of their antioxidant abilities.
And, researchers think it is better to get your antioxidants naturally from fresh fruits and vegetables than from dietary supplements.
Now, I know a lot of people don’t like eating peels. If this is you, you should give them a try! Not only do they give you loads of health benefits, it also saves you a lot of time that you would otherwise spend peeling the skin.
And, to be honest I think apples taste better with the skin anyway.
So, Do They Actually Keep the Doctor Away?
According to Harvard Health Publications, a report titled “Association Between Apple Consumption and Physician Visits: Appealing the Conventional Wisdom That an Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away” examined nutritional data from nearly 8,400 men and women who ate an apple a day.
Unfortunately, the study didn’t find evidence to support that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. But, that doesn’t take away from the loads of health benefits that come with apples.
Registered dietitian Kathy McManus even said “There is good data to show that the soluble fiber in apples can help prevent cholesterol from building up on artery walls. Apples contain a good amount of potassium, which can be beneficial for those who are watching their blood pressure.”
So, even though eating an apple a day doesn’t guarantee you a life without a doctor, I would still highly recommend adding it to your diet!
And, if you didn’t already know, apples are some of the best “detergent foods,” because they can actually help clean your teeth as you eat them!
Sources: WebMD, Harvard Health Publications
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