Medical Mythbuster: Does an Apple a Day Really Keep the Doctor Away?

By Barbara Casaceli, RD, LDN
Nutrition Education Specialist

By itself, probably not but when added to other healthy habits i.e., eating well, staying active, and following your doctor’s orders, eating an apple a day can contribute to good health. Increasing our intake of apples (and other fruits and vegetables) has been shown to help lower risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, certain cancers and obesity. Our fruits and vegetables contain many of the vitamins and minerals which are the cornerstones to building and maintaining good health. So consuming an apple a day can provide us with the good nutrients we need. In addition, it can help limit the intake of more processed, less healthy snack foods, which we know are linked to the increase of certain diseases. So yes, eat an apple a day, it may not keep the doctor away but it may help make your next check-up a happy one!

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