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Apples For Some Healthy Good Luck

Oct 29, 13 Apples For Some Healthy Good Luck

For my next good luck superstition, I thought I would visit an old saying: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” I am particularly excited about writing about this little superstition for my Halloween-themed series simply because I love apples (click here for a blog on apples and my love for them). They are one of my favorite foods on their own, and I love the different dishes we can make with them. So naturally, I sort of like this particular superstition. Let’s get down to understanding it.

First of all, what are the origins of “An apple a day keeps the doctor away?” Well, The Washington Post explains the origins. According to Caroline Taggart, author of a book called “An Apple a Day: Old Fashioned Proverbs and Why They Still Work,” the phrase comes from 1860s Wales. Originally the phrase went like this: “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.” Shortly thereafter, in the early 20th century, the phrase evolved into “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but the sentiment is still the same as that of the Welsh proverb.

Though this may seem like a different kind of superstition, the luck is inherent. If you do not need a doctor, then you must have good luck. Sure, the proverb does not say that exactly, but it implies it pretty heavily.

This particular superstition is one I can get behind. No, I still do not believe in the good luck aspect, but I do believe that apples help keep us healthy. They may not keep the doctor away permanently, but this fruit will likely help us to stay healthy more so than not. After all, the apple is stock full of Vitamin C and fiber, yet is low in calories. Vitamin C provides us with many health benefits. WebMD says “the benefits of vitamin C may include protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling.”

Fiber is also very beneficial. The Mayo Clinic explains, “Dietary fiber — found mainly in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes — is probably best known for its ability to prevent or relieve constipation. But foods containing fiber can provide other health benefits as well, such as helping to maintain a healthy weight and lowering your risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Apples provide both Vitamin C and fiber. Plus, they are tasty. They are delicious on their own or in a salad, main course, or dessert. The best apples, in my opinion, are Granny Smith’s because they are a little sweet yet quite a bit tart. I also like Gala and Fuji apples, but I tend to favor those apples that are just a bit more tart than sweet. Oh, do not get me wrong, though; I will eat a Red Delicious or Pink Lady all the same.

I would venture to bet that the tremendous health benefits of the apple in combination with its incredibly good flavors make it the perfect food to promote healthy living. The old Welsh saying could not have picked a better fruit to explain how to keep a doctor away. Yes, this is one superstition that I am very happy to promote.

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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