Open Accessibility Menu

Guest Column | A Diet Rich in Produce Works Wonders

  • Category: News
  • Posted On:
  • Written By: by Rena Salamacha, CEO, Mee Memorial Healthcare System
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is a familiar proverb that appeared in 19th century America, advocating for the consumption of apples as a harbinger of good health. Could that be true?

Well, a 2015 study by JAMA Internal Medicine collected actual nutrition data from nearly 8,400 men and women — 753 of whom ate an apple a day — and followed rigorous study methods.

The study concluded that eating a daily apple does not necessarily keep the doctor away, “however, the small fraction of U.S. adults who eat an apple a day do appear to use fewer prescription medications.”

Apples alone may not have passed the test posed in that proverb, but a diet rich in many different fruits and vegetables has a profound effect on health and longevity. No single fruit or vegetable provides all of the nutrients you need to be healthy, but eating plenty of each every day works wonders.

Multiple studies clearly show that the consumption of fresh produce can help lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect upon blood sugar, which can help keep appetite in check.

Want to find out more? Click here