Oct 4, 2021
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An apple for dinner – and you don’t need a doctor?

• Apples are healthy. But without reinforcements, they won’t keep us safe from doctors.

Sayings that the daily use of apples makes a person noticeably healthier are popular in different countries. In English, its original sounded like “Eat an apple before going to bed, and you will not let the doctor earn his bread.” Later, the fragment about the doctor’s earnings was no longer used, but the interest of medical workers in the proverb remained. Scientists tried to check how much this folk wisdom reflects the real state of affairs.

As far as we know, only the authors of a study published in 2015 by the influential journal JAMA Internal Medicine raised a direct question about the relationship between apple consumption and the frequency of doctor visits. It was based on a survey of 9 thousand people, 9% of them ate at least one apple a day. The thesis of the saying was refuted: the likelihood of a visit to the doctor did not depend on the consumption of these fruits.

It is important to point out that this study appeared in the April Fools’ issue of the journal. However, in it, scientists processed real, not fictional, data.

A 125-gram serving (medium apple) contains:

  • Water – 107 grams;
  • Carbohydrates – 17 grams;
  • Fiber – 3 grams of fiber (about 15% of the daily value);
  • Fat – 0.2 grams;
  • Vitamin C – 5.7 mg (10% of the daily value);
  • Vitamin K – 2.8 micrograms (3% DV)
  • Potassium – 134 milligrams (4 percent DV)

Commenting on the study, Kathy McManus, a nutritionist at Harvard University, recalled that the findings, regardless of their severity, do not discount apples as a useful food and part of a healthy diet.

Currently, scientists do not believe that the use of any one product can make a miraculous contribution to health. Only a certain eating pattern can have a tangible effect on health. A good diet should include a variety of healthy foods in sufficient quantities.

Thus, no matter how high the nutritional value of apples, by themselves, they will not be able to maintain our health in the norm.

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