Researchers at the Michigan University School of nursing carried out scientific research and survey to establish the accuracy of the statement. The study evaluated the difference between people who eat apples every day and those who don’t. The study was stretched over duration of one year.
Is the statement that ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ really a reality or just a figurative statement?
The proverbial statement originated in the 1800’s and was initial coined from another statement which said, “Eat an apple on going to bed and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.”
In a weird twist of proverbial wisdom, the study revealed that there was no significant difference between apple eaters and non-apple eaters. So the apple does not indeed keep the doctor away. However, eating apples and other fruits regularly is good for health because it is a good way to keep tabs with nutrition.
During the study, scientist obtained various statistics. For example most apple eaters are likely to be non-smokers. Most apple eaters also have a tendency to avoid health care while their counterparts had more concern for healthcare. Additionally, apple eaters were categorized as having the probability of being more educated. They were also more probable to belonging to a smaller demographic group in terms of ethnicity.
The proverb only creates a mental impression of one being relatively healthier. This causes apple eaters to develop a tendency to avoid visiting the doctor. This is not advisable as the findings do not quantify increased health. Apple eaters are still at the same risk of illness as non-apple eaters.
The data recorded did however bring the findings to a related conclusion. Non-apple eaters had a higher probability of using prescription drugs. Apple eaters were able to avoid visiting the pharmacist all-together.
The study proved that eating an apple a day may not necessarily keep the doctor away, but it might keep the pharmacist away.