By Guest Blogger - Narayana B.
Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Do you like to go to the doctor? If you’re like me, then doctors are not necessarily frightening, but it isn’t always a pleasant experience. Do you know how I keep away from the doctor? An apple a day of course, because you know that old saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
While this is quite a controversial subject, there is evidence on both sides, so, you choose. But not yet! Apples are delicious, crisp and crunchy bites of joy and they provide us with antioxidants, Vitamin-C, and loads of energy. Now this is great and all, but what are these powerful elements in an apple? Well, Vitamin-C plays a key role in producing collagen, which makes our skin healthy and heals parts of the body where cuts have occured. Vitamin-C is also an immune booster to help us fight diseases and infections. This “miracle vitamin” is also an excellent prevention for chronic diseases such as, asthma, arthritis, and even diabetes. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, also known as oxidants, which have missing electrons, which starts a vicious cycle attempting to steal electrons from others , which the antioxidant helps to stop, even though it is a natural process.. Now while you are probably thinking, “Forget the doctor, I’m gonna go eat an apple.”
That may not be the smartest solution, even if it is the most delicious choice. An active resident of Orange County, named Grammy Kath, has something to say about this old saying, "I have eaten an apple, or even two a day and even though I have, I recently underwent a major surgery to replace a tendon on the top of my femur bone.” Though she claims that she tore her tendon and had to undergo the surgery because of her active lifestyle, it still disproves the claim that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
Even though apples can’t stop the everyday accidents that cause us to go to the doctor, it provides us with key nutrients and benefits that will help us live longer, heal quickly, maintain good health, and visit the doctor less. So if provided with a delicious fudge sundae or a crunchy Red Delicious, I think I will stick with the apple.
Citations: Melodie Anne Coffman. "What Nutrients Do Apples Provide?" Healthy Eating | SF Gate. Accessed December 19, 2017. http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/nutrients-apples-provide-3331.html. Anecdotal Information: Kathie Doyle( Grammy Kath)