The phrase “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” originates from 1866 edition of Notes and Queries magazine, at least that’s the earliest known printed example. The phrase was actually printed as “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from making his bread.”
How much truth is behind this well-known quote?
Well, turns out—quite a bit!
According to research published by the British Medical Journal, eating just one apple a day could prevent deaths from heart attacks and strokes in people over 50. The study also showed that those who ate an apple gain the same benefits as those opting to take the drug, statin, which was developed to reduce cholesterol levels. While researchers are certainly not saying that apples can replace prescribed medication—they’re simply trying to prove that a slight change in lifestyle and adding more fruits and vegetables in your diet is beneficial in many ways, and should be used alongside traditional medications.
The Upside of Apples
- Contain zero cholesterol, fat or sodium
- Only 80-100 calories per apple—the perfect sweet alternative to an unhealthy snack
- 22 grams of carbohydrates—provides an energy boost from complex carbs
- Chalked full of vitamin C, minerals, and antioxidants
- The juice from fresh apples prevents tooth decay
- Contain phenols which reduce bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol
- Extremely low on the glycemic index (GI)
- Very filling
- Contains pectin which is a soluble fiber that works to maintain healthy digestive system