The old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” is a very well known proverb. But does an apple a day actually keep the doctor away? The proverb can be traced back to Wales in the 1860s. In the 1860s doctors still believed that bloodletting was a good idea, so any medical advice from that era should be taken with a grain of salt.
I began my research on the apple a day theory by googling “does an apple a day actually keep the doctor away” and was immediately met with several articles from reputable (and some questionable) sources. But instead of reading their pre-compiled rap sheet, I decided instead to read up on the health benefits of apples. What I found has been impressive.
Apples contain many awesome things health wise! They contain a wide range of vitamins and minerals, as well as Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, and dietary fiber. One apple contains 10% your daily value of Vitamin C, which is great, because vitamin C helps the body fight against colds, helps maintain good oral health, serves as an antioxidant, and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.
There is no dispute that apples are an awesome healthy food choice, but can eating one apple a day actually reduce the necessity of doctors visits? I searched the internet again for statistical studies to see if anyone had analyzed apple eating habits to see if it reduced the number of doctors visits. The first study I found showed that eating an apple a day did not reduce the number of doctors visits, but did slightly indicate lower need for prescription medication. Unfortunately for the apple a day theory, the other study I found again confirmed that there was no statistical significance to suggest that eating an apple a day actually reduced the number of doctors visits a year.
Yet again nineteenth century medical advice has failed. But given the results of my findings, I’d still recommend that people eat apples occasionally (maybe even daily), because they do have many positive nutritional and cognitive benefits.