Table of contents:
- Apple eaters need to see a doctor just as often
- How Healthy Are Apples Really?
- Apples for weight loss
"An apple a day keeps the doctor away" - at least that is an English proverb. But is the apple really such a miracle whirlpool?
Everyone knows the old folk wisdom, but what is really behind it? Can consuming an apple every day really keep you healthy and thus keep the doctor away?
Apple eaters need to see a doctor just as often
An American study with 8,000 participants confirmed that there is no relevant difference between people who eat apples every day and those who rarely or never eat apples. About nine percent of the study participants said they eat at least one small apple a day and they would go to the doctor as often as others. The well-known popular wisdom could thus be refuted.
How Healthy Are Apples Really?
"Fresh fruits and vegetables are healthy, contain vitamins, fiber and low in calories. However, there is little evidence that they can protect against cardiovascular disease and cancer," explains Dr. Katan, professor at the Free University of Amsterdam. He was best known for his discovery that trans fats increase the risk of heart attacks. He has been researching nutrition for more than 45 years and is certain: "An apple a day is not good."
Apples for weight loss
If you want to lose weight, you can eat an apple instead of chocolate. They are low in calories and fill you up. Do they stimulate digestion? "Only to a limited extent," says Katan. "They contain less dietary fiber than a slice of whole grain bread."
Reading tip: In the book "Why bread doesn't harm us and microwaves don't destroy vitamins", bestselling author Prof. Dr. Martijn Katan with 70 other well-known assumptions and myths about sugar, wheat, butter, cheese, eggs, fruit, vegetables and other foods.
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