Hopkins Academy

Does an Apple a Day Really Keep the Doctor Away?

In Features on September 25, 2013 at 8:53 am

Emelia Aiken-Hafner ’17

Everybody knows the famous saying ¨An apple a day will keep the doctor away.¨ But what is it about an apple that makes it so special that it could keep the dreaded doctor away?

There is no problem finding apples in the Pioneer Valley this time of year.

1. When eating an apple you may realize that your mouth aches from all of the chewing. But don’t stop chewing so soon because this is actually triggering the production of more saliva in your mouth. More saliva results in less tooth decay and keeps your mouth free from harmful bacteria.2. According to the Huffington Post ¨An Apple a Day Melts the Pounds Away.¨ But why is this so? Apples contain a lot of fiber, which the average person does not have enough of in their everyday diet. Just one crunchy apple has 4.4 pounds of fiber which is about 1/5 the amount you need on a daily basis. The fiber stays in your stomach for a long time since it can not be digested, resulting in less cravings, eating when not needed, and resisting the urge to grab that bag of chips for an afternoon snack.

3. Shape.com confirms that apples also help breathing problems. An antioxidant called quercetin, found in the skin the apple, has been connected to better function of the lungs. This can help reduce some of the breathing problems correlated to asthma.

4. Sources at Best Health say that this super food helps relieve diarrhea and constipation. The fiber in the apple can help in 2 ways. One being that it can suck up all of the extra water in your stomach, causing you to use the bathroom less. They can also help by getting the water out of your colon, the last part of your digestive system, so the pathway out of your body is cleared out.

5. Since it is cold season it would be appropriate to tell you that apples can fight colds according to the Huffington Post. They are packed with vitamins, which is an immune booster, so it will relieve your cold faster. Eating an orange to go along with your apple would not hurt if you have a clod too, since it is also packed with vitamin C.

Will you take the challenge and eat an apple a day to keep the doctor away? Here in a link to some amazing healthy recipes that all call for the amazing super fruit, apples.

http://www.self.com/blogs/flash/2013/01/superfood-of-the-week-apples.html

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  1. Reblogged this on Book Of Impossible Things and commented:
    A great article written for the school newspaper by my best friend…x

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