A new study finds apple eaters have a less probability of necessitating prescription medication compared to non eaters, although munching on a daily dose of McIntosh, Granny Smith or any type of apple might not keep the doctor away.
Funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the study checked out information from nearly 8,400 people participated in federal health surveys between 2007 and 2010.
Among those who participated, 9 percent or 753 were apple eaters, at least a small apple daily while the rest were non-apple eaters.
The team reportedly led by Matthew Davis, of the University of Michigan School of Nursing in Ann Arbor found that apple eaters have a less slightly likely chance to use prescription medications,
But apple consumption was not connected to different health markers, things like the quantity of annual doctor visits, frequency of overnight hospital stays, or visits to a mental health professional.
But the study wasn’t designed to find that apple consumption has any effect on one’s health. Davis and colleagues discovered that people who ate at least one apple each day are inclined to have higher educational attainment and were likely non- smoker.
The study authors concluded that the overall findings “suggest that the promotion of apple consumption may have limited benefit in reducing national health care spending.”
However, an expert agreed that eating apples might be at least an indication of a healthier lifestyle.
Erin Keane, an outpatient dietitian at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City said, “This study does leave open the chance that apple lovers do normally have healthier lifestyles, which could explain the link between eating apples and fewer prescription medications.”
Also, the nutritional goodness of apple was duly noted by her.
“Apples are a good supply of vitamin C, soluble fiber, and certain flavonoids, same as in several fruits and vegetables,” Keane said. “For these reasons, apples help lower our bad LDL cholesterol, boost our immune system, and provide us with anti-cancer composites,” she added.
“We ought to make the most of this sweet treat and use it in place of sweet course or as part of a snack with some nuts or low-fat cheese to urge us on the proper path towards health,” she believes.
As published online in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal on March 30.