An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Apples are an amazing source of vitamins and nutrients. Studies have shown that one fresh apple has the antioxidant properties equal to taking 1500 mg of vitamin C. This statement does not mean apples have 1500 mg of vitamin C. This means the combination of plant chemicals called phyto-chemicals produce similar effects. What strikes me the most is that these phyto-chemicals are primarily located in the skin of the apple rather then the flesh. Scientist in my opinion always seem to single out one compound, yet there is still not a single one that has a protective effect by itself. It is the mixture that makes something useful to the body.

Here you can see how apples phyto-chemicals compare to the rest of common fruits. what is most interesting to me is even though apples are considered to be high in antioxidants they rank low on the chart when compared to most berries. So if you goal is to keep the doctor away apples are a great choice but if you are lucky enough to get your hands on acai berries that would be ideal.


2 thoughts on “An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

  1. I think you were onto something very interesting here. It seems you could have expanded onto what phyto-chemicals are and why they are important or something like that. Another suggestion would be some links that could be used to expand what you are conveying. I think you are on to something but need to keep building on it.
    -Cody Rapley

  2. I agree with Cody in that it would have been more beneficial from a reading and comprehension standpoint if you would have expanded more on the topic on phyto-chemicals. In reading this am confused as to what the difference is between antioxidants and phyto-chemicals and precisely how these are beneficial to one’s health. With this said, I find the concept you chose for this blog very interesting in that the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is a very common, well-known phrase and a relevant topic in society that might be of interest to many people.

    -Taylor Adams

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