An apple a day keeps the doctor away

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“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is a phrase that’s very literal and straightforward. What it means is that its simply the consumption of fruits that maintains good health.

 But what’s the origin of this phrase and how did it become so popular?

In Wales, UK, Pembrokeshire 1860s the original saying was “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.”

Sounds similar to the newer one that we all know and love right?

Well, in Old English, the word apple simply defines any round and healthy fruit that grows on trees.

They had to shorten the phrase and came up with the simpler and modern phrase-

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

But why apples?

It’s just because they are very beneficial compared to other fruits!

Since apples contain Vitamin C, prevent heart diseases, are low in calories, prevent tooth decay and taste great, they are used in this popular phrase.


Arya is an avid learner and loves to write. He likes to take on new interesting topics through in-depth research. Arya is also a trained singer, video editor, voice-over artist and loves photography.  

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