“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

– Proverbial

Image of a red apple on a table

Photo by Michał Grosicki on Unsplash

The other day while I was at my health club, I noticed one of the personal trainers eating an apple. Perhaps because I have quotes on my mind all the time, I found myself saying this familiar phrase.

When I got to my office that day—after eating my daily apple—I decided to do a bit of research on this and found that apples:

  • Contain about five grams of soluble fiber, shown to reduce intestinal disorders such as diverticulitis and possibly some forms of cancer.
  • Contain pectin which can help to reduce cholesterol levels by lowering insulin secretions.
  • Can lower the risk of respiratory diseases such as asthma, if eaten regularly.
  • Are low in calories and packed with vitamins A, C, flavonoids, and as many as 12,000 other phytonutrients to support good health.
  • Apple cider vinegar has been shown to prevent the formation of kidney stones.


Consider going to your local market or specialty grocer, and go on an apple safari. Select at least five and perhaps up to a dozen different varieties – and do a taste test to see which you prefer.

Some of my favorites are:

  • Honeycrisp
  • Jazz
  • Fuji
  • Pink Lady
  • Granny Smith
  • Gala
  • Empire
  • Northern Spy