At one time or another, you’ve probably been told that an apple a day will help keep the doctor away. With Red Apple Day falling on 21st June 2018, what better time than now to investigate this age old saying.
What exactly is Red Apple Day?
Red Apple Day is actually part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, as the apple is a large part of Bowel Cancer Australia’s image. The fruit is the charity’s logo, and has become the symbol of its fundraising activities on Wednesday, 21st June.
While the fundraiser encourages the eating of nutritious green and red apples, money will also be raised from Ribbons being sold and other themed fundraising activities. This will go towards supporting the work of Bowel Cancer Australia, and you can support the cause by purchasing a Red Apple Pin or Bowel Cancer Awareness Ribbon from bowelcanceraustralia.org/shop.
What do the experts say about an apple a day?
A study conducted in 2013 by the University of Oxford, found that the Victorians who introduced this saying were actually on to something. For those over 50, the researchers found that an apple a day can help with the prevention of heart disease.
Another study, this one from Cornell University, found that the skin of an apple could help kill cancer cells. Rui Hai Liu, Cornell associate professor of food science explained, "We found that several compounds have potent anti-proliferative activities against human liver, colon and breast cancer cells and may be partially responsible for the anti-cancer activities of whole apples."
How can fruit improve your health overall?
Diet is one of the most important parts of a healthy lifestyle. There are so many benefits of including fruit as part of a daily healthy diet. For instance, while it is low in kilojoules, you’ll get the benefits of vitamin C and vitamin A, potassium, fibre and folic acid. Folic acid is particularly important for women trying to conceive or in the early months of pregnancy, as it can help reduce the chances of spina bifida.
How much fruit should I eat a day?
The Australian Government’s Department of Health recommends that by the age of 9 you should be eating 2 pieces of fruit a day. So the next time you go to grab an apple for your morning snack, not only are you enjoying a nutritious piece of fruit, but you can be happy in the knowledge it could be helping you keep the doctor at bay.