We have all heard the old wives’ tale that eating an apple a day will keep the doctor away – but how true really is it? Has it been scientifically proven to be accurate, or is it simply an urban myth? Here at USN, we’ve found out everything you need to know about the tale as old as time.
Where did it originate?
Its origin is unclear, however, according to the internet the proverb has slightly changed since the 1860’s when it was first recorded over in Pembrokeshire. Its original form was, “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.” The current phrasing of “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” began at the end of the 19th century – possibly because it was shorter? We’re not really sure!
Well, that’s the possibly inaccurate history lesson over, lets get onto the stuff we do know about… nutrition!
Is it true?
You can’t help but wonder whether there’s any truth to the proverb – and if so, then how great is that? Whilst there have been a few scientific studies into whether eating an apple a day will prevent you from taking trips to your doctors’ office, it has been concluded that it is not true.
However, during their range of experiments, they did discover that apple consumption significantly reduced cholesterol levels, and those who ate an apple a day did require less prescription medication – but no, the proverb is a myth!
But, I hate apples?
That’s no problem at all – there are thousands of alternatives to apples! Including our specialised range of nutritional drinks and snacks here at USN. Whilst we always recommend that you eat your daily fruits and vegetables, we also know that sometimes you want something that tastes like… oh we don’t know – CHOCOLATE maybe?
Thankfully, we have created a “healthy” chocolate protein bar to curb that craving! They also come in range of delicious flavours. Find them here
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