Tuesday, June 28, 2011

An Apple a Day

"An apple a day keeps the doctor away" is a very well known proverb. It is one that I have heard throughout my life and one that is constantly referenced on TV. It is something I have been curious about, so given the opportunity I decided to reasearch it.
It is a phrase that is thought to have been developed in Wales and there are many different forms of the phrase. For example, "Eat an apple on going to bed, and you'll keep the doctor from earning his bread." The idea that apples could keep you from having to see the doctor probably came from the fact that they are a great source of vitamin C, potassium, and dietary fiber. Studies have also shown that apples can lower cholesterol, reduce heart disease risk, and lower the risk of several different cancers. It is very surprising to me to learn all the benefits of eating apples. I never knew that they help prevent tooth decay, can protect you brain from brain diseases, and lower the risk of respitory problems.
A study was done where workers were given two apples a day for about ten days. The results showed that these participants' vitamin C levels increased by 35%. They also had better bowel movements and felt better physically.
Through all the articles I have read it seems that is proverb proves to be somewhat true. An apple a day may not keep the doctor away forever, but it will improve your health. I think after reading this post people will begin to eat more apples because I know I will.


1 comment:

  1. That's really interesting and surprising that having an apple a day will greatly improve someone's health.