"I've always thought that eating an apple a day is like a great all around workout for your teeth and much, much easier on 'em than push-ups."
Why You Should Eat an Apple (or Two) a Day
by Bonnie Taub-Dix, October 18, 2012
Have you ever wondered where the saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away," originated? Likely when an 1866 edition of Notes and Queries magazine published the saying: "Eat an apple on going to bed, and you'll keep the doctor from earning his bread."
Eating apples may not cause your doctor to go out of business, but regular consumption of this fruit might prevent you from needing to visit as often. Apples could help boost your immune system, since they contain vitamin C and other antioxidants like quercetin, which may also protect brain cells against Alzheimer's disease.
Apples are heart-healthy, too, as they contain soluble fibers and phenols, which help reduce cholesterol levels. Nicknamed "nature's toothbrush," this fruit shields teeth from decay-causing bacteria when chewed. And if you're experiencing diarrhea, the pectin in apples, especially in the form of applesauce, can curtail that uncomfortable gastrointestinal disturbance. Aside from their health benefits, apples are crunchy and delicious, thereby providing a satisfying snack that can halt hunger.
For some people, "apple" may conjure images of mobile phones and computers, but around my home, when the leaves hit the ground, we know that apples will make regular appearances on our menu.