You would be hard pressed to find someone who has never heard the old adage: An apple a day keeps the doctor away! But does it really?
Sure, apples look aesthetically pleasing on your kitchen countertop. They are one of the tastier fruits. And, they can double as a snack and as a part of your main course meal. Want a snack? Grab an apple and a heaping of protein, ahem, peanut butter. You want a salad for dinner? Cut up some nice Jazz apples and drizzle your salad in balsamic. Or if you want to create a beautiful charcuterie board for weekend guests, ditch some of the meats and chop up some apples! This way, you aren’t reaching for the bag of chips and dip or calling the local pizza joint.
According to Harvard Health Blog’s article “An Apple a Day May Not Keep the Doctor Away, but it’s a Good Choice Anyway” by Daniel Pendick, he references a study done by JAMA Internal Medicine. The study noted that “Evidence does not support that an apple a day keeps the doctor away; however, the small fraction of US adults who eat an apple a day do appear to use fewer prescription medications.” So, the apples don’t do the trick itself, but they sure do help.
A study reported in the article “Does an Apple a Day Really Keep the Doctor Away” from Medical News Today by Markus MacGill supported the facts given from JAMA Internal Medicine’s study. MacGill notes research found that though consuming an apple a day might not keep the doctor away, it really does keep the pharmacist at bay. MacGill notes that “the daily apple eaters were also more likely to avoid prescription medication use (47.7% versus 41.8%) – and this difference survived statistical analysis.”
Both studies mentioned show that the consumption of apples are not the thing that will keep you healthy enough to avoid the beloved doctor’s office. Apples taste good. Apples look good. Apples fill you up. But apples are not the simple answer to a healthy body.
Although you should know and understand that you can’t be guaranteed a long life of 100 years just because you ate an apple every day, you should also know that it’s not a bad idea to eat an apple every day. No one can guarantee the status of a person’s health down the line, but you are actually the only person who can be trusted with your body. Eat the apples because they are good. Eat the apples because they are a smart snack. Eat the apples because they are filling. Eat the apples because they are delicious and nutritious.
Don’t eat apples because you think they will keep you from needing a doctor. But there are definitely benefits and all we can hope for is to reap them.