Fall 2015

Core Truth

Apple proverb may have its roots in Wales

In the latest shocking news from the world of nutrition, it seems an apple a day may not keep the doctor away after all. Turns out that people who munch apples daily have just as many doctor visits as those who don’t, according to a recent study in JAMA Internal Medicine.

The conclusion came after researchers had examined 8,400 U.S. adults who took part in government surveys from 2007–08 and 2009–10.

Where did the familiar wisdom about apples come from in the first place? Alice Lichtenstein, professor of nutrition and of medicine at Tufts, told the Associated Press that the adage is thought to have originated in Wales in the 1800s, when apples were likely one of the few fruits available throughout the year.

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