The saying ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ has been in use since 1922 and, since it’s been around for around 60 years, scientists were bound to test it out. Well, does it? Um, maybe I’m going to apprehensively say ‘yes’. According to the British Medical Journal, an apple a day can save up to 8,500 vascular deaths in individuals 50 years and over. It is also jam-packed with nutrients and antioxidants that could cut the risk of lung cancer in half (according to the Journal of the National Cancer Institute) due to their high flavonoid content which protects against DNA mutations. Also, it contains a soluble fiber known as pectin that prevents bad cholesterol buildup, lowering the risk of heart-related ailments.
The strangest yet most astounding system apples assist is the respiratory system. In a study done on 2,500 men in Wales, it was found that the men that consumed an apple a day actually had increased lung function.
Of course, most white flesh fruits (like pears) offer the same benefits and generally all fruit carry amazing amounts of nutrients. So, grab yourself an apple a day – at least it’ll keep the heart doctor away.
Are there any other fruits you know that are packed with nutrients? Let me know in the comment section below!