An Apple A Day Doesn't Actually Keep The Doctor Away

I may be chomping into an apple as I write this, but unfortunately, that doesn't mean I can skip my check-up later. It may, however, cut down my pharmacy bill.

A study recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that while daily apple eaters are less likely to use prescription drugs, "Evidence does not support that an apple a day keeps the doctor away."

The study was done for fun — to see whether or not the old adage is true — but Matthew A. Davis, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan, and his team found it a bit more complicated than they had anticipated.

They surveyed 8,399 people (753 ate an apple a day), and found that apple-eaters were more likely to be educated, less likely to smoke, and more likely to be a racial or ethnic minority. They were not, however, any less likely to have seen a doctor more than once during the past year.

“Our findings suggest that the promotion of apple consumption may have limited benefit in reducing national health care spending,” the authors write. In other words, an apple a day might instead keep the pharmacist away.

Even if apple-addicts still have to visit the doctor, there are still benefits to eating fruit everyday — as long as you wash them. Above all, this study underscores the fact that it takes more than just one kind of food to make up a healthy diet and avoid illness.

(h/t The Atlantic)

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