Eating an apple a day doesn't keep the doctor away, but it does reduce the amount of trips you make to the pharmacy per year.
That's according to a new study that investigates whether there's any truth in the old saying.
A total of 753 were apple eaters, consuming at least 149g of raw apple per day. The remaining 7,646 were classed as non-apple eaters.
When both groups answered questions on trips to the doctor and trips to the pharmacy per year, the apple eaters were found to be 27% less likely to visit the pharmacist for drugs.
Trips to the doctor were not significantly affected by apple consumption, though.
"Evidence does not support that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. However, the small fraction of US adults who eat an apple a day do appear to use fewer prescription medications," the study concludes.
Apple eaters were also found to be less likely to smoke and be more likely to have a higher educational attainment than non-apple eaters.
While apples do not rival oranges, they do contain some immune system-boosting vitamin C, which may be why apple-eaters visit the pharmacist less.
With over 8mg of vitamin C per medium-sized fruit, an apple can provide roughly 14% your daily recommended intake.
Previous studies have also linked apple consumption to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, improved lung function and a lower risk of colon cancer.
Scroll through the slideshow below to find out how else apples could improve your health.
H/T: The Telegraph
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