New Research Finds, An Apple a Day May Not Keep the Doctors Away After All

Put your apples down, folks. A new study has shown that the old man’s tale,

An apple a day, keeps the doctors away.”

Is a complete rubbish. Well, sort of.

New Research Finds, An Apple a Day May Not Keep the Doctors Away After All
Researchers from Dartmouth Medical School decided to find out whether the old adage about eating the crunchy fruit daily and staying healthy is actually true.
According to the study they published in today’s JAMA Internal Medicine, to do so, they followed the apple eating habits of more than 8,000 people for three years. Roughly 9% of the group munched a small apple a day on a regular basis. And, although 39% of the apple lovers avoided seeing a physician each year, compared to 33% of the non-apple eaters, once the investigators adjusted for factors like education, age and other health habits, the researchers said the difference wasn’t all that significant.

However, researchers reported, apple lovers did fill marginally fewer prescriptions for medications.New Research Finds, An Apple a Day May Not Keep the Doctors Away After All

Although, entertaining, the study have some limitations. The fact that all the information in the investigation was self-reported and the number of doctor visits couldn’t be explicitly linked to munching on apples are two of the more serious ones, noted Dr. Sharonne N. Hayes, cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Hayes added the researchers didn’t look into why people went to the doctor.

The apple eaters were highly educated and less likely to smoke,” Hayes said. “It could be that their visits to the doctor were for preventive reasons rather than illness.”

Daily ApplesHayes pointed out that the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” originated in the late 1800s, a time when going to the doctor was always associated with illness. But these days, seeing a doctor could lead to finding undetected medical problems and avoiding poor health, she noted.

Apples probably won’t cure the woes of our health care system, but they’re cheap enough and they certainly won’t hurt,” Hayes said.

New Research Finds, An Apple a Day May Not Keep the Doctors Away After AllMore so, even though our world has been shattered with the debunking of this old cliché, don’t chuck your apples just yet, one doctor, Dr. Michael Roizen, tells the Daily News.

Apples are an excellent source of fiber and are low in calories, which means they will satisfy your hunger and keep you fuller for a longer period of time. The best way to get the nutritional benefits of apples is by consuming one medium-sized apple per day.”

They’re also pretty good at reducing cancer risk, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and bone health.

Looks like we’re going to need another apple proverb.


via Yahoo News

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