An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away: Truth Or Myth?

Does An Apple A Day Actually Keep The Doctor Away? If anything, I believe it helps. My wife eats an apple, and I cut what she doesn’t eat off the core. I don’t particularly like to eat apples, but I know they’re good for me.

We drink one green smoothie. In addition to that, I eat about a handful of berries. This is strawberries and blueberries for me. My wife eats a banana earlier in the day.

Truthfully, I don’t think eating fruit is superior to eating vegetables. In my humble opinion, the main dietary focus should be vegetables. For example, I make sure I eat one to two ‘huge’ green salads.

‘Apples are a widely consumed, rich source of phytochemicals, and epidemiological studies have linked the consumption of apples with reduced risk of some cancers, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and diabetes [1 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC442131/]’.

As seen above in my citation, researchers state a diet high in fruits and vegetables may lower the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, asthma and cancer. Why?

A whole food plant based diet is rich in phytochemicals, acting as antioxidants. These neutralize free radicals which cause cell or tissue damage.

Those who eat mainly plant based food tend to be healthier, trimmer and live longer. Examples are Okinawan people and seventh day Adventists.

Another benefit of eating apples is that it reduces cholesterol. To get the best from eating apples, try to eat the skin, too. Get organic, because regular apples are sprayed with pesticide.

Most of the nutrition lies just under the skin. Even though my wife peels the skin off, It’s much better she eats a ‘skinned’ apple rather than not at all.

Source- 1 Boyer, Jeanelle, and Rui Hai Liu. “Apple Phytochemicals and Their Health Benefits.” Nutrition Journal, BioMed Central, 12 May 2004, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC442131/.

Note- before you change your diet consult your doctor.

 

 

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