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Apple a day keeps the doctor away. Is that true?

Is that really true that only one apple a day can really make a huge difference to our health and overall well-being?



Let's have a look at the nutritional value and see if that can be true.

So let's start with the nutrients that one apple can provide;


  • Calories: 95

  • Carbs: 25 grams

  • Fibre: 4.5 grams

  • Vitamin C: 9% of the Daily Value (DV)

  • Copper: 5% of the DV

  • Potassium: 4% of the DV

  • Vitamin K: 3% of the DV


Another great thing about apple is that is associated with lowering chronic diseases including heart disease.


Apples are a great source of vitamins, fibre, minerals and flavonoids; the compounds that prevent cancer.


There was a study that looked at 8000 people and their needs for medication, hospital visits, and doctor appointments. They found that the people who had at least one apple a day as it is or in another form had been exposed to less medication, and they visited the hospital or GP less frequently.


However, this also shows that those people in general had a better diet and were choosing healthier foods overall.


When socio-demographic and health-related characteristics (like education and smoking) were taken into account, daily apple eating was not associated with successfully keeping a doctor away.


Although, there was a difference between apple eaters and non-apple eaters in terms of pharmacy visits.

They had significantly fewer visits compared to others.


So eating an apple a day doesn’t keep the doctors away. Unfortunately, it is not that easy.



However, choosing a healthy balanced diet and whole foods can help prevent many diseases and keep actual doctors away!







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