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An apple a day keeps the doctor away

Old 01-03-05, 10:51 PM
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An apple a day keeps the doctor away

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Where did that saying come from? Are apples really that good for you?
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If the Google ads are anything to go by, yes.
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Just depends on whether you like apples or not.
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I haven't eaten an apple over ten years and no doctor visit either.
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The disease-fighting profile of apples provides a multitude of health benefits, including a potential decreased risk of cancer and heart disease. Several recent studies suggest apples may provide a "whole-body" health benefit.

A number of components in apples, most notably fiber and phytonutrients have been found in studies to lower blood cholesterol and improve bowel function, and may be associated with a reduced risk of ischemic heart disease, stroke, prostate cancer, type II diabetes and asthma. Preliminary research from Finland indicates diets with the highest intake of apple phytonutrients were associated with a 46 percent reduction in the incidence of lung cancer. Findings indicate that two apples a day or 12 ounces of 100% apple juice reduced the damaging effects of the “bad” LDL cholesterol.
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One source (‘Facts on File Dictionary of Clichés’) claims that versions of this saying date from the seventeenth century or earlier, appearing in John Ray’s proverb collection of 1670 and elsewhere. However, I couldn’t find any of those early quotes, so I don’t know exactly what form they were in. Other sources (‘Facts on File Dictionary of Proverbs’ and ‘Random House Dictionary of America’s Popular Proverbs and Sayings’ claim that the expression was first found in the form of the Welsh proverb recorded 1866 as “Eat an apple on going to bed, / And you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.” But why apples and not say a pear or a plum or even a pickle or a nice piece of broccoli – who can say? Maybe something red and crunchy just seems like it has to be good for you, although it did wreak some havoc in the Bible!
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Old 01-04-05, 12:12 AM
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my high school football coach used to say the apple a day saying. one day one of the guys asked him what two apples a day would give you. "the shits, probably" was coaches reply. thanks coach.
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I can say that I eat an apple a day. It's usually the first thing I eat in the evening when I get home from work. Red, honeycrisp apples though. Not green, yuck.
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I wonder who likes Granny apples.
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Originally Posted by kgrogers1979
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
It depends on how hard you throw them.
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I'm a PC man myself.
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Originally Posted by Kittydreamer
It depends on how hard you throw them.
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Old 01-04-05, 04:48 PM
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Actually I think it's just an old wives tale. Doctors are NOT allergic to apples, and eating them won't actually keep them at a safe distance.

Garlic, on the other hand, may work...
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