Why Exactly Does An Apple A Day Keep The Doctor Away?

One of the easiest to consume, and easiest to take with you on the go, the apple is one of the most popular fruits around. Besides the fact that the old adage of keeping the doctor away is instilled into the minds of the young at a very early age, the apple is tasty and its many varieties help satisfy anyone’s palate.


One of the apple’s biggest appealing factors is that it takes little to no effort to consume one. Pick it up, bite into it, and you’re on your way. Slicing and dicing is an option too, but most tend to just pick it up and bite right in. For those who are fancy or who just don’t like it for whatever reason, perhaps texture or taste, the peel can be removed. However, much of the apple’s appeal for being healthy and deterring the need for a physician is found in the peel itself. Removing the outer layer of an apple is exactly how you decrease the nutrients being ingested, and not many people seem to know this.

The skin of a single apple is jam packed full of fiber; in fact, one medium apple with skin contains roughly 4.5 grams of fiber. Removing the skin would give a maximum amount of fiber around 2.1 grams, this is not classified as a sufficient amount of daily fiber, that minimum is around 3 grams a day.

8.4 grams of vitamin C and 98 international units of vitamin A are found in one single apple, without the skin the vitamin C level is reduced to around 6.4 grams and only 61 international units of vitamin A.

The reason apples are so highly touted as health boosters is because they do things like ease breathing, but this is only if the skin is consumed. The compound responsible for helping with a healthy airway is called quercetin. Those that eat apples on a regular basis are actually found to have better lung function than those who rarely eat them. This same nutrient found in apple skin, protects your memory. The antioxidant fights tissue damage in the brain, this tissue damage has been linked with Alzheimer’s and other degenerative issues.

Triterpenpids in the skin of apples are compounds that are known to kill cancer cells, particularly in the liver, breast and colon. The ursolic acid in the peel is one that helps fight against obesity by increasing muscle and aiding in the burning of calories.

So, the next time you decide to peel an apple, think again. Whether you like the taste and texture of it may be irrelevant as the health benefits are endless when it comes to eating an entire apple.


Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.

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