Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away?
An apple a day, by itself, cannot keep the
This old adage, it is presumed by nutritionists,
must have been coined to signify the importance of fruits
in diet. This way, people remember the importance of fruits
in their diets.
It doesn't matter what fruit it is - apple, papaya,
orange, whatever it is - the essential fact is that every fruit
contains vitamins which are required for normal growth and maintenance
of body, and fibers which prevent constipation and some cancers.
At least one fruit is required with each major meal in the healthy
diet. It can be apple, or any other fruit for that matter.
|A word of caution here. There are some fruits
which are high in calories. The prime example of one such high
calorie fruit is banana. A medium sized banana gives approximately
150 Calories, which is very high for its size (Compare with
the apple, which provides 50 calories per piece). Such fruits
should be eaten in moderation if body weight is to be regulated.
Banana, therefore, is an avoidable fruit for the obese and the
diabetics, but body-builders benefit from it not only due to
its high calorie content, but also because its rich potassium
Furthermore, fruits differ in the nutrient content
among themselves. Therefore, it is preferable to change the fruits
with seasons, thereby avoiding monotony in taste, as well as harness
their full range of nutrient contents.