Wednesday, February 23, 2011

An Apple a Day

We have all heard the saying "An apple a day keeps the doctor away," but where did it come from?  Some say it came from the Romans and some say it was a Pembrokeshire proverb, well wherever it came from is it true? " Eat an apple on going to bed, And you'll keep the doctor from earning his bread."  or "Ait a happle avore gwain to bed, An' you'll make the doctor beg his bread; or as the more popular version runs: An apple a day Keeps the doctor away," is the original saying, and yes it is true to an extent. 
Apples contain antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber,bioflavonoids, are said to help support asthma and lung support and also promote dental health.  An apple a day can reduce the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and many types of cancer, but that doesn't mean that it is a magical food that will prevent or stop every ailment that comes your way.  Apples are awesome in that they provide a lot of health benefits with just eating one 3-5 times a week, but other fruits are just as important.  bananas are high in potassium and help with heart and muscle function, blueberries along with cranberries support urinary health and purple grape juice is high in antioxidants, so why apples?  Apples are easy to grow, and can last ~ 200 days in storage, back then if it was easy to grow and keep without rotting it was worth talking about. 
So all in all this myth is almost completely true, eat your apples along with other fruit and exercise and the doctor may not have to visit as much.

1 comment:

  1. I was always told, even in school, that the author of this phrase was Benjamin Franklin, and that it wasn't a mystery at all. Huh...