The expression of an apple a day keeping the doctor away first appeared in print nearly 150 years ago. The original phrase was said to have originated in Wales as, “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.” Which later evolved into, “an apple a day, no doctor to pay” and “an apple a day sends the doctor away.”

But is there any validity to this statement? Especially during prime apple picking season – have we all been had?!

apple-a-day-doctor-away_zps662f9948Well it turns out no it will not keep the doctor away but it sure can help contribute to good health. Here’s how.

Apples contain the following:

  • Pectin : lowers blood pressure, glucose, and bad cholesterol
  • Boron : supports strong bones and a healthy brain
  • Vitamin C : boosts immunity

Eating an apple also acts like a tooth brush in helping to clean your teeth and kill off bacteria. Apples are also affordable and readily available especially this time of year.


So although they aren’t fool proof in keeping the doctor away, apples can contribute to a healthy diet and lifestyle. You can take it at par value.