Does An Apple A Day Keep The Doctors Away?


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Apple is one fruit that seem to have no season. You find it everywhere at any time of the year. Having said that, one common statement about apple that has made it stand out is ” Eat an apple a day and keep the doctors away”. In fact several variations of this statement had been used prior to this popular one. In 1866 issue of the publication “Notes and Queries.” The publication printed the proverb like this: “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.” Does it sound believable and interesting? Yes it does. Decades later, the adage has taken different forms and spreading across border with the speed of light.

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That I am a lover of apples is an understatement. Since undergraduate days, I had somewhat developed a rare interest when I notice the good and healthy benefits the crunchy fruit can provide to my body. During this period in question especially when preparing for examination, apple help me in restoring lost nutrients. When I am done eating one or two, I feel energized right away.

As a practicing nutritionist, I have mostly included apples in the diets of my clients no matter their medical conditions. In a weight loss diet, the juicy fruit plays an important role as it provides only a few calorie while filling the patient since it contains about 75% water and high fibre. This soluble fibre is also effective in relieving conditions of severe constipation as commonly seen in people in recent times. In actual fact, with the quantity of potassium present in it, patients of high blood pressure are definitely on a good diet plan. The nutritional benefit and potency in helping many medical conditions span across a lot of health concern ravaging our dear planet.

With the aforementioned, would it be right to say; “an apple daily keeps the doctors away” . Hmmmmmm, that seems like an over-statement. Yes, the fruit can make you reduce the pills of a chemist but avoiding a session with a doctor can only be achieve through God’s intervention. A research carried out among some volunteers who eat an apple daily indicates that there is no proof to the claim since all the participants visited the hospital for one health concern or the other. It is also imperative to let you know that the various health hazards that stare our faces in the advent of industrialization can not be salvage by only eating apples. The solution to a healthy life involve multiple approach therapy.

Apples are loaded with Vitamin C and many phytochemicals that fight free radicals. The ability of the fruit to improve your immunity is superb but believing it will keep you from going to the hospital has no medical proof.

Eat an apple a day and you will be thankful you did.

ALSO SEE: Revealed! The Variety Of Apple With Most Health Benefits



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Ahmed Ogundimu
Ahmed is a Food Scientist/Technologist first of all. A Seasoned Blogger, Astute Marketer, Food Enthusiast and Manchester United Lover. I read anything and everything available so I know so many useful and useless things.

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