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The Truth Behind the Myth An Apple a day doesn’t keep the doctor away


by Elana Garay
SPORTS AND HEALTH EDITOR

There is a myth saying that an apple a day keeps the doctor away.
An apple is naturally healthy. This fruit with one cup serving contains “65 calories with 1% of vitamin A, 1% of calcium, 1 % of iron, and 10 % of vitamin C”, according to the nutrition data website.
The history behind this saying is stated from the website of medical news today, “‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ aphorism was coined in 1913 but was based on the original form with a different rhyme, some 149 years ago in Wales: ‘Eat an apple on going to bed and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread,’ went the proverb in Pembrokeshire.”
A study was conducted and “The analysis shows no relationship between apple ‘dose’ and the likelihood of keeping the doctor away in terms of ‘avoiding health care services.’”, continued from the medical news website.
Another study was conducted on the saying to see if they are better or not against medicine used on patients. Half were to eat apples and the other half had statins which are drugs to lower cholesterol. “‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away.’ It just shows how effective small changes in diet can be, and that both drugs and healthier living can make a real difference in preventing heart disease and stroke. While no-one currently prescribed statins should replace them for apples, we could all benefit from simply eating more fruit”, concluded from science daily website.
So in reality, eating an apple a day will not keep the doctor away.