Apple a day keep Doctor away?

Do Apples keep the doctor away?

Why do we eat apples?

Apple trees are cultivated worldwide and are the most widely grown species in the genus Malus.
There are more than 7,500 known  cultivars of apples.
There is thousands of varieties of apples

Apples have been eaten since humans were first on this earth.

They are mentioned all through history from Adam and Eve and the forbidden tree to Isaac Newton who is said to have thought up the law of gravity while sitting under an apple tree, observing the falling of apples.

Where do they come from origin?

The apple tree originated in Central Asia,
more than likely they originated in the mountains of Kazakhstan.
from around 2500 to 6500 BC they were a popular sweet fruit which would have been traded to other parts of the world. I wonder if the first tree is still there?.

What does a normal apple contain

  • Vitamin A 
  • Vitamin B1 
  • Vitamin B2 
  • Vitamin B6 
  • Vitamin C 
  • Vitamin K
  • Folate (folic acid)
  • Potassium
  • Quercetin
  • Calcium 
  • Catechin. 
  • Chlorogenic acid
  • Magnesium 

Health benefits of apples

  • May help to improve insulin sensitivity
  • Protects against heart disease
  • Promotes Good Gut Bacteria.
  • May help prevent and fight cancer
  • Known to reduce total cholesterol levels
  • Study's shown help reduce chance of thrombotic stroke
  • Used by many people to help lose weight
  • Boosts the immune system and helps prevent illness
  • Good source of fiber
  • Known as a super-food
  • One of your five a day

What countries grows the most apples

China grows the most apples at around 44,447,793 tonnes
The European Union came in second place with just over 14 million tonnes.

Are some apples better than others?

All depends on your taste. Some are more crunchy,crisp and sweet then  others.

I remember seeing a TV program a few years ago that apples grown in the UK was quite big compared to average size apples and we would export them to Saudi Arabia and other countries.

Saudi Arabia,Vietnam and others would then export their grown apples to the UK because they were smaller and sweet.

Apparently British people prefer smaller sweet apples that they can carry in there hand or put in a lunch box for work and for eating on the go etc.

If you eat apple seeds will it kill you?

The seeds contain a compound called (amygdalin) a substance that releases cyanide into the bloodstream when chewed and digested. 

Amygdalin is a part of the apple seeds’ chemical defenses when chewed or crushed it more less wakes it up.

You would need to finely chew and eat about 200 apple seeds or around 40 apple cores
this number seems to change from different sources.

Eating apple seeds that contain (Amygdalin) cyanide. or swallowing the whole seeds is unlikely to be fatal, but chewing and swallowing a large number of apple seeds could be dangerous.

Avoid eating them anyway as they may not be fatal in small amounts but even a few are not good for you in the long run and can make you sick and cause side effects.

The amount of amygdalin in the different types of apples varies, depending on the variety.

So what is cyanide
Simple put it is one of the most deadliest poisons
in the world.

We all have seen the films where they swallow a pill and die instant
such as James Bond etc well that's a (cyanide pill)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Trusted Source, 1–2 mg/kg is a fatal oral dose of cyanide depending on body weight.

It may take several hours before the poison takes effect,
even a small amount of Cyanide can harm the heart and brain.

Avoid eating the seeds at all costs. It is always wise to spit them out the same goes for animals (Dog) etc don't feed the seeds to animals.

Symptoms of cyanide poisoning include anxiety,stomach cramps, headache, nausea and vomiting, and can culminate in cardiac arrest, respiratory failure, coma and then death.

These fruits also contain  (amygdalin)
  • Peaches
  • Apricots
  • Cherries
  • Almonds

Why do we not eat more apples in foods?

Not sure when I have been aboard I have had curry's with apples in them and stir frys
and they tasted great.

I just think it has not got to the point yet in the west where it is popular to have in curry's and stuff but hopefully it will do as adding them to meals such as curry's will create new recipes and great tasting healthy food and will be a good health boost for people.

Will apples keep the doctor away


They will help benefit your health, that is for sure they also will help lower your chance of getting some diseases and help keep your vitamin and mineral levels up so in a way yes if you don't eat them now is a good time to start.

But eating apples doesn't mean you could eat one apple a day and then smoke 20 cigarettes and drink 6 litres of alcohol a day you still need to live a healthy lifestyle.

Warning always wash apples before you eat them as they may have pesticide on the outer skin so always worth washing before you eat.



  1. Such an informative post! I was surprised to read that apples originated from Central Asia, pretty cool!

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  2. I love apples and eat them in so many different dishes during apple season. I am excited to go apple picking in just over a month. Glad to hear they are healthy!

    1. rains to much in england to do apple picking need some more sunny weather.

  3. Cool info on history and facts of apple!


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