12 Surprising Health Benefits Of Apples You Probably Didn’t Know

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We’ve all heard “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but just how much truth is there to the old adage?

First, let’s look at the origin of that popular saying. According to Caroline Taggart, author of An Apple a Day: Old-Fashioned Proverbs and Why They Still Work, the saying originated in Wales with a slightly different wording. ‘‘Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread” was the similar statement first recorded in the 1860s. During the 19th century, the adage changed to “An apple a day sends the doctor away,” and then it morphed again in the 20th century into the phrase we know today.

Although the saying may have originated in modern times, the health benefits of apples have been known since ancient times. Apples were part of traditional Ayurvedic medicine in Southern Asia,

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