Does an Apple a Day

Really keep the Docter away?

Fun Facts

Eating at least one apple a day will reduce the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and many types of cancer. Apples can also act as a toothbrush, cleaning your teeth and killing bacteria, which may reduce the risk of tooth decay.

Why isn't it true?

Dr Ronald McCoy explains how people take this statement too literally. An apple a day is healthy, but it does not always keep the doctor away. "...As a metaphor there's a lot of truth to it", says Dr Ronald McCoy, "It recognizes that fruit is an important part of the diet and needs to be included on a regular basis." In fact, it doesn't even have to be an apple; it's symbolic of all fruit in general. Moderate amounts of fruit consumed per day is important for keeping good health.

Dr Ronald McCoy

A senior medical educator and spokesperson for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners