"There is a huge amount of scientific evidence showing that fruits and vegetables lower the risk of cancer and heart disease, but scientists have mostly been isolating single compounds like beta-carotene and vitamin C," Liu says.
"Over the years, no single compound has been proven to have a protective effect by itself. We think the combination is the important thing." More than 900 different plant chemicals have been identified as components of different fruits, nuts, grains, and vegetables.
“[H]owever, the small fraction of US adults who eat an apple a day do appear to use fewer prescription medications.” So, maybe the proverb should be updated to clarify that, if anything, “apple eating may help keep the pharmacist away.” But, hey, based on the average medical prescription cost, the difference in “annual prescription medication cost per capita between apple eaters…and non-apple eaters” could be hundreds of dollars.
So, “[i]f all US adults were apple eaters,” we could save nearly $50 billion.
A study published June 22 in the journal Nature offers more evidence that the health benefits of fruits and vegetables are not easily packaged as supplements sold in pharmacies and health food stores.
Researchers from Cornell's Food Science and Toxicology Department in Ithaca, N.
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June 21, 2000 -- It turns out that eating an apple a day really does keep the doctor away -- but you've got to eat the peel.
You don’t know, until you put it to the test: “The association between apple consumption and physician visits,” published in the AMA’s internal medicine journal.
“Objective: To examine the relationship between eating an apple a day and keeping the doctor away.” “Promoted by the lay media and powerful special interest groups including the US Apple Association”—so powerful that Big Apple recently spent a whopping ,000 lobbying politicians— “the beneficial effects of apple consumption” may include a facilitation of “weight loss,” protection of the brain, “cancer suppression, a reduction in asthma symptoms, and improved cardiovascular health.” So, apple consumers ought to require less medical care, right?