We’ve all heard the saying, and said it ourselves. An apple a day keeps the doctor away…But what does that mean? Our doctors always tell us to eat healthy, and apples are part of a large food group; fruit. I personally wonder why apple was the food of choice for this particular saying.
This aphorism first began in 1866, and was coined in 1931. Today, tests show that an apple a day really did not keep the doctor away, but an apple a day does benefit a person’s health, and can decrease a person’s visit to other health care services. An article on medical news today talks about a study that was given where, “Of the 8,399 participants who answered a questionnaire to recall their dietary intakes, 9% (753) were apple eaters and the remainder, 7,646, were non-apple eaters. The apple eaters showed higher educational attainment, were more likely to be from a racial or ethnic minority, and were less likely to smoke. The data for the analysis came from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted during 2007-08 and 2009-10.” Although there are many other foods that have the ability to increase one’s health, apples are truly beneficial in a diet.
There are multiple qualities within the human body that just eating an apple can improve. The Best Health Magazine website was very helpful when researching how beneficial apples can be, listing 15 benefits! The 15 benefits include:
- Making your teeth whiter, just by biting into an apple.
- Avoiding Alzheimer’s- eating an apple can increase a persons levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine which contribute to the aging of the brain.
- Protecting against Parkinson’s Disease- the amount of antioxidants and high fiber helps decrease the amount of breakdown of the brain’s dopamine-producing nerve cells.
- Where there is no cure for cancer, apples can help! The article states that, “the consumption of flavonol-rich apples could help reduce your risk of developing pancreatic cancer by up to 23 per cent. Researchers at Cornell University have identified several compounds—triterpenoids—in apple peel that have potent anti-growth activities against cancer cells in the liver, colon and breast. Their earlier research found that extracts from whole apples can reduce the number and size of mammary tumours in rats.”
- Helps the risk of obtaining diabetes- apples are filled with soluble fibre which help with controlling blood sugar.
- Reduces a person’s cholesterol- the soluble fibers in apples are also to thank for this.
- Benefits heart health because of the lower cholesterol, dicreasns cholesterol-rich build up in the heart’s arteries.
- Can prevent gallstones due to high fiber in apples.
- All this fiber within apples can also decrease constipation, and even diarrhea.
- Like the previous benefit, this high fiber can neutralize irritable bowel syndrome.
- Help avoid hemorrhoids, another benefit of the fiber within apples.
- On a diet? Eating an apple a day can control your weight because they fill you up while also tasting delicious due to the fiber as well!
- The antioxidants found within apples can detoxify your liver.
- The article mentions that, “Red apples contain an antioxidant called quercetin . Recent studies have found that quercetin can help boost and fortify your immune system, especially when you’re stressed out.
- Last but not least, apples can decrease your chance of developing cataracts dut to the antioxidants.