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.
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.”
Hayes 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.
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