An Apple a Day….

According to the Washington Post, apples have long been associated with a healthful diet. The fruit is low in calories and sodium, and high in fiber and Vitamin C.

But just how long ago did humans coin the adage “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”?

“It sounds as if it should be really old, but in fact the first recorded use is in the 1860s, when it is said to be an old saying from Pembrokeshire in Wales,” said Caroline Taggart, author of “An Apple a Day: Old-Fashioned Proverbs and Why They Still Work.”

The original phrase, Taggart said, was, ‘‘Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.” In the 19th century and early 20th, the phrase evolved to “an apple a day, no doctor to pay” and “an apple a days sends the doctor away,” while the phrasing now commonly used was first recorded in 1922.

Although the term is fairly new, Taggart said, the concept is quite old. Ancient Romans and Anglo-Saxons, she said, knew about the healthful properties of apples. The fruit also pops up in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, dating back about 1,500 years in southern Asia.

In Panama we don’t eat apples as much as we should.  The reason behind this fact is that the fruit is too expensive, since apples are not original from Central America.  They are imported into our country mainly from the United States and Chile.

My wife buys about a pound of apples every two weeks—a quincena—because she enjoys the sweetness of the fruit.  I’m not particularly fond of apples; instead I prefer a papaya or a melon.  But I will say one good thing about the fruit in addition to its nutritional value—it’s a good-looking fruit.

Take a look at several pictures of red apples I shot last week using my P&S Canon PowerShot A720 IS in macro mode.  Enjoy.

An enticing composition of three red apples shot with a P&S Canon PowerShot A720 IS and a Neewer LED ring flash. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Snapshot of a close-up picture of a red apple taken on our dining table with a Canon PowerShot A720 IS using its decent macro mode. I love this camera! Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

In 2012, an Ohio State University study found that eating an apple a day helped significantly lover levels of bad cholesterol in middle-aged adults, and in 2011 a Dutch study found that eating apples and pears might help prevent strokes.

In conclusion, eat as many apples and pears as you can.  You might reach one hundred years or more.  “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”  Good Day.

Source:  History Behind ‘An Apple a Day’ authored by Margaret Ely of The Washington Post


4 thoughts on “An Apple a Day….”

  1. Just had an apple ) I’ve been trying to eat one every day, especially before my workouts. Then I have a banana yogurt smoothie. Apples grow in my neighborhood so they are not expensive at all but I wish we had access to all the nice fruits you have. I currently have a mango that is waiting to be eaten, it was on sale for .50cents each. Great apple shots, Omar!

  2. Morning Barbara,

    Hmmm, I can see you really take care of your health. I like that. You are so lucky to have apples grow in your neighborhood; on the other hand, we have papayas and mangoes grow in our neighborhood. I guess we are both lucky to have fruits around to eat.

    Have a great day, my friend.


  3. One of the places I always stop in the Texas hill country town of Medina is Adams’ apple store. They not only sell apple trees and Texas-grown apples, they also have a bakery, where they produce pies, streudel, turnovers and such. They make apple butters and syrups — every sort of thing.

    I’ve just found a new variety I really like — it’s called “Envy.” Funny, that. You envy our apples, and I envy your tropical fruits!

  4. Yes Linda, that is true. We crave for apples, pears and grapes, and you guys crave for papayas, cantaloupes and mangoes. Funny, isn’t it?

    With all those apple products, you suddenly made me hungry. We love apple pie baked the traditional way. Yummy, yum, yum, yum.

    Take Care,


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