An Apple a Day Is Not Enough to Keep the Doctor Away

A study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine reports findings which show that those who eat apples regularly are not more likely to have fewer doctor visits than those who do not eat apples regularly or at all. On the other hand, those who do eat apples daily were more likely to take fewer prescription drugs. Researchers were unable to establish the reason for the slight difference in use of prescription medication as no research was done on the prevalence of alternative medications and over-the-counter drug use.

“Our findings suggest that the promotion of apple consumption may have limited benefit in reducing national health care spending. In the age of evidence-based assertions, however, there may be merit to saying ‘An apple a day keeps the pharmacist away,'” the study concludes.

The study showed that just 9 percent of US survey takers reported eating at least one apple a day. While those who ate apples daily were likely to be more educated, non-smokers, and more racially diverse, they were not necessarily healthier when controlled for these and other variables. This goes to show that consumption of any one food is not enough to guarantee overall health. While apples are a good source of vitamin C, possess 200 percent of the recommended daily fiber value and are only on average 100 calories, a balanced diet is a healthy diet.

“One apple isn’t going to be enough to make a difference unless it’s part of a healthy food pattern,” said Dr. Steven Zeisel, director of the University of North Carolina’s Nutrition Research Institute.

 

Read More – Does an Apple a Day Really Keep The Doctor Away? (CBSNews)

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Originally from Gaithersburg, Maryland, Millan is a senior at the George Washington University studying Biological Anthropology.

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