Many of us have long believed the old Pembrokeshire proverb suggesting that eating an apple on going to bed will keep the doctor from earning his bread.  Unfortunately this might not be enough for you to remain healthy, but it will for sure keep the pharmacist at bay.

A new study by researchers from the University of Michigan and Dartmouth College has come to contradict what your mother told you about this age-old aphorism.

Matthew Davis, lead author of the study and an assistant professor at the University of Michigan, was quoted by The Atlantic saying that people who eat an apple a day are a little more likely to keep the doctor away, but once adjusted for all the other differences the effect disappeared.

To reach their conclusion, researchers had a look at data of U.S. adults who completed the 24-hour dietary recall questionnaire in the National Health and Nutritional Examination survey. Data revealed that over 19 million Americans consume at least an apple a day.

Researchers realized that about 40 percent of adults who take an apple a day keep the doctor away, compared to 33% who do not eat it. However this conclusion does`t necessarily confirm our long time belief about apple consumption when it comes to health.

In addition to this conclusion, they determined that adults who eat an apple a day had other healthy habits. They were less likely to smoke and had a higher average education level. Researchers finally concluded that eating an apple a day won`t in itself keep the doctor away.

The research nonetheless concluded that eating an apple a day may keep the pharmacists away. They found out that 48% of adults who consume an apple a day will avoid the pharmacist compared to 42% who don`t.

Dr. Matthew Davis said that the association between apple consumption and keeping the pharmacist away was robust. He went on saying that the association persisted when they adjusted for people`s health habits. Eating an apple may be healthy for us but it was not their actual medicinal properties that were being glorified when the proverb was first coined in February 1866 edition of Notes and Queries magazine.

Despite this disturbing finding, apples play an important role in promoting good health. Apples contain Vitamin C which boosts the immune system. It also reduces cholesterol, a fat that can increase your risk of heart diseases. They are also low in calories, have an insignificant amount of sodium and lack fat and cholesterol.

Though eating an apple a day does`t automatically stop the doctor from earning his bread, they are nevertheless worth consuming. Public health specialists agree among other benefits that apples reduce the risk of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and are among the healthiest food you can eat.

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