The Myth of the Healthy Apple. Complete scientific study

The Myth of the Healthy Apple. Complete scientific study

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American researchers have wanted to know what is behind the saying that an apple a day keeps you healthy and away from the doctor.

The result is surprising because, although it does not confirm that their intake reduces visits to the doctor, everything indicates that those who consume them use fewer prescription drugs.

The study, which has been published in the online edition of the Archives of Internal Medicine, used data from 8,728 adults over the age of 18 from the 2007-2008 and 2009-2010 National Health and Nutrition Survey of the USA, of which they counted their visits to the doctor during the last year.

"Our findings suggest that promoting apple consumption may have limited benefit in reducing national health spending. Although in the age of evidence-based claims, however, an apple a day can be said to keep the pharmacist away ", says the study led by Dr. Matthew of the University of Michigan School of Nursing, Ann Arbor (USA).

Of 8,399 participants, 753 adult apple eaters (9%) were identified - those who usually consume at least 1 small apple per day or 149 grams of raw apple - compared to 7,646 people who do not eat apples (91.0%). Thus, it was observed that people who ate apples had a higher educational level, were more likely to be from a racial or ethnic minority, and were less likely to smoke.

There were no statistically significant differences between people who ate an apple and those who did not when it came to keeping the doctor away when sociodemographic and health characteristics were taken into account.

However, apple users were more likely to avoid prescription drugs, according to the results, although the data is very "marginal."

Likewise, the authors found no difference between apple and non-apple eaters when measuring the likelihood of avoiding a night in the hospital or a visit to a mental health professional.


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