Do you believe an apple a day keeps the doctor away? It’s not a new idea. The proverb came into usage at the end of the 19th century. It was based on an original Welch rhyme, “Eat an apple on going to bed and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.” But is there any truth in that advice? How about those apples?
Nutritionists have done several studies to evaluate the merits of apple consumption.. And they’ve concluded that eating one apple a day doesn’t necessarily save on doctor bills. However, they did find that eating an apple a day reduces the use of prescription drugs. Their overall conclusion was that apple eaters “were somewhat more likely to avoid prescription medication use than non-apple eaters.” In other words, an apple a day keeps the pharmacist away.
According to HealthLine, The benefits of apple eating are as follows:
- Apples are nutritious
- They may be good for weight loss
- Apples may be good for your heart
- They may help control diabetes
- They have a prebiotic effect and promote good gut bacteria
- Substances in apples may prevent cancer
- Apples have compounds that may fight asthma
- They may be good for bone health
- Apples may protect the stomach against injury from non steroid anti- inflammatory drugs like aspirin
- Apples may help protect your brain
It’s important that you eat the skin of the apple. By peeling apples, you miss out on powerful nutritional benefits.. According to the Unite States Department of Agriculture, one medium (three-inch-diameter) unpeeled apple has nearly double the fiber, 25 percent more potassium and 40 more vitamin A – just to choose a few important nutrients.
The grocery stores now have many varieties of apples to suit every taste. I prefer the tartness of McIntosh and Jonathans, while you may like the sweeter varieties. Apples are nutritious, inexpensive, and make a delicious between meal snack.
How about those apples?