From the desk of the Mr…
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” We have all heard that phrase before, but where does it come from? I was pondering this question while sitting at work eating an apple, so I went to my trusty resource; Wikipedia of course! Apparently, this phrase originated in Wales, and originally went like this, “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.” I am sure glad they made it less clunky! What I found interesting was that many people have conducted studies to see if this proverb was true. I have not looked to see what the details of each of the studies are, but one found that if someone eats an apple a day, they take less prescription medication. I know that doctors like to push prescriptions at the behest of the drug companies, so one who takes less prescriptions probably goes to the doctor less. To me, that study supports the proverb. I am sure there are countless studies that show the opposite, but be careful! Many studies are sponsored by companies that profit off of misinformation.
From my perspective, I take the phrase as a metaphor for eating lots of fruits and vegetables. Indeed that has been proven to enhance one’s health!
Here is a link to the Wikipedia article:
Here is a link to 50 common English proverbs and their meaning.