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The Philosophy of an Apple

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No matter where you grew up, you have probably heard your grandparents say the phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. It has been said as early as 1866 in a Pembrokeshire, Wales magazine, but at that time the phrase was “eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread” (www.phrases.org.uk/). Even though this phrase has evolved, it is still said today and although it seems believable, is it actually credible? Or can it be placed amongst the other misleading folk tales; such as the one about how carrots improve your eyesight?

Apples are packed with vitamin C, vitamin K, and vitamin B6, “as well as minerals”, fiber, and other nutrients (www.organicfacts.net/). The composition of an apple aids in digestion, “prevention of stomach disorders”, “heart disease,cancers, and can prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease (www.organicfacts.net/). Being that an apple can prevent disorders and diseases, it means that an apple has a very positive effect on the immune system.Vitamin C is an “[antioxidant]… which helps protect the body from harmful bacteria and viruses” and germs (caloriebee.com/). This is key to “building up the body’s natural defense against harmful substances” (caloriebee.com/). All of these elements together can help you stay healthy, but are they enough to “keep the doctor away”?

CBS news and Health Harvard says that apples do not “necessarily keep the doctor away–but it may help cut your pharmacy bill” down (www.cbsnews.com/). Web MD says that it does prevent certain cancers and diseases, but that is not immediate doctor visits, but it could be visits long term. Studies said, those who consumed an apple a day “were slightly less likely to use prescription drugs” (www.cbsnews.com/).

While eating an apple a day may not actually keep the doctor away, it is still a healthy, vitamin packed choice that can help you stay healthy in the long run.

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