Does an Apple a Day REALLY Keep the Doctor Away?

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. That good ol’ saying!

Apples contain phytochemicals and antioxidants, helping reduce oxidative stress. This oxidative stress often plays a role in disease development.

Apples have also shown to have lowering cholesterol effects in rats and antiproliferative activity. Apple consumption has also been associated with reduced risk of various cancers, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and type 2 diabetes.

How should you consume your apples to get the most out of them?

Apples with the peel have roughly 1500mg of vitamin C per 100g of apples. Without the skin-5.7mg per 100g. In general the skin has a lot more antioxidants and other beneficial compounds than the apple alone.

It is also better to have them whole. Juice, whether homemade or store bought, contain maximum 10% of the antioxidants and less of the other beneficial compounds.

A shorter answer is yes, apples do keep the doctor away :)

–  Have an apple a day (with the skin and in whole form)


“Apple phytochemicals and their health benefits” Jeanelle Boyer and Rui Hai Liu. Nutrition Journal (2004).