An Apple A Day Can’t Really Keep The Doctor Away

March 31, 2015


The phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” has been around for some time now. To be precise, this advice first appeared in 1866, and since then apples have always been associated with healthy living. But how true this phrase actually is?

Just An Old Saying

A team of researchers at the University of Michigan School of Nursing decided to test the famous proverbial advice by comparing the overall health of regular apple eaters with non-apple eaters.

Matthew Davis, PhD., the co-leader of the study, tested the theory and found out that apple eaters didn’t show any significant health difference compared to the non-apple eaters.

However, if we were to replace the “doctor” with the “pharmacist,” then this phrase would be entirely true.

Apples As Medicine

As it seems, those who consume apples on a daily basis tend to evade pain and catching diseases like the cold or the flu, which makes a visit to the pharmacy unnecessary for them.

The research authors said: “The analysis shows no relationship between apple ‘dose’ and the likelihood of keeping the doctor away in terms of avoiding health care services. Except for avoidance of prescription medications.”

This means that you might not be able to fend off doctors, but you’ll surely be able to avoid prescription medications. Why consume chemical drugs when you can have a delicious apple given to you by nature?

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