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Does an Apple a Day Really Keep the Doctor Away?

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NutritionFacts.org (15 days ago)
Reminder that captions for this video are available in several languages. To find yours, click on the settings wheel on the lower-right of the video and then "Subtitles/CC." Thanks for watching! -NF Team
Security Puppet (4 days ago)
It’s a myth to help kids eat their vegetables :)
William Baldwin (8 days ago)
Chewing? That is soo hard. WHO HAS TIME FOR THAT???
Eelke Aptroot (8 days ago)
Why do complex things like eat plants when you can just pop some pills, what else is health insurance for...
Green Wave (9 days ago)
Keep your statin drugs, I’ll eat my apple. :)
Shannon (10 days ago)
Have an apple in my lunchbag right now. Luv golden delicious ones 🍏
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Jennifer Stone (11 days ago)
Thanks for sharing. I'd rather have the apple.
Daltira (11 days ago)
Nothing compares to a good old bloody apple!
Nikola Wotowicz (11 days ago)
An apple a day keeps the doctor away,but if the doctor is cute forget the fruit
Vince (12 days ago)
Yes, lots of chewing with apples. I cut one up into bite size pieces into my oatmeal and it almost made it overflow. So, so much stuff! A very long breakfast indeed, but hey, no one said it was going to be easy, this staying healthy thing.
Anon Anon (12 days ago)
I dont know about apples, but smearing mercury all over myself works like a charm
Tatanka (13 days ago)
So yes or no?
lionofgod9 (13 days ago)
what a bunch of blablabla. Say eat apple a day is ok. period
ZEF queenkush (14 days ago)
I say a bowl of porridge a day keeps the doctor away 😃😂
ZEF queenkush (14 days ago)
I say a bowl of porridge a day keeps the doctor away 😃😂
Plant Planet Earth (14 days ago)
Just ate another apple today. And I drank apple slices infused in water.
DevinAK49 (14 days ago)
Apples make me insanely hungry. I can eat an apple of any size, and it makes me feel like I haven't eaten in days.
alicia ali (14 days ago)
Can you put some video on how to cook veggies and beans and legume ? As lots of people are changing from meat to veggies need good delicious recipe as you can’t eat raw or salad everyday. ( also benefits of onion seeds called Klonji in India )
Eki Rasche (14 days ago)
I eat an apple every day for at last 20 years and I haven´t visited a doctor all that time. Although, I have to add the fact that I have never been a smoker, no drugs, no alcohol, just rock ´n´ roll.
Noel Lamarre (14 days ago)
Are all apples made the same ?
Lander Hendrickx (15 days ago)
Oh no so much chewing!!
A. S. Afterlife * (15 days ago)
Apples are cheaper in the long run if you buy them in bulk.
John Thomas (15 days ago)
a doctor a day keeps the apple away
Lu Blu (15 days ago)
Those apples taste like they made from plastic.EU does not allow American apples in their markets!
Hudson Tarlow (15 days ago)
I need to learn how to speak with as much emotion as Dr. Gregor, his voice is legendary haha👌
Joe (15 days ago)
probably because apples and statins both do nothing.
m0L3ify (15 days ago)
"...apples only have good side effects..." Not if you're allergic to them.
Cynthia Keeman (15 days ago)
When I bite into an apple it always always gets stuck in my teeth. I think they should remove them stem, and replace it with a toothpick, and make the toothpick look like a stem 😝
ShallowDepression (15 days ago)
Will a big piece of sugar keep the doctor away, hmmm 🤔 Think you'd better ask the dentist while you're at it.
Vynland (15 days ago)
The amount of lobby money when you don't need to prove anything at all lol!
KTKABOOM (15 days ago)
Technically it doesn't cost more to eat an apple a day than taking statins because drug costs are extra but you have to eat. So the apple is just replacing other food you would have spent money on. So net cost for an apple a day should be zero.
UN SCAMMABLE (15 days ago)
Good thing people aren't eating an apple a day or apples would cost $40 an apple and pills would cost $1
Todd Sloan (15 days ago)
And hey Doc, 3:00 If even the cheap apple of 1890 was organic non-gmo when the original study was done to create their old popular expression.
David Ronson (15 days ago)
I would like to see some warning in videos when you recommend stuff to diabetics, that transplant patients get a different kind of diabetes similar to Type 2 but the anti-rejection drugs do more damage that what type 2 does, cellcept, prograf and prednisone , each medication does it's own damage, we all know about prednisone , but Cellcept and Prograf , one interfere with the pancreas , the other interfere with B cells, so transplanted patients who have diabetes caused by the drugs, will never be able to reverse the diabetes regardless how hard they try, as none of the diets work because of the drugs, I hope all the doctors who recommend diets and other things should have a warning that these diets do not apply to transplant patients.
Alchemist-A (15 days ago)
Are all apples created equal?
T Brown (15 days ago)
What about skin or no skin/ organic or non organic apples?
Plantbased Outdoors (15 days ago)
I love the sarcasm about eating an apple being too much work. Trust me, where I live that is very true for most people. They would rather take the pill and be done with it. Unfortunately it much easier to dial up Dominoes than it is to make a salad for folks here.
alicia ali (15 days ago)
Can you please make video on moringa plant benefit.
Gabriel Rozin (15 days ago)
It's nice to see that there's some comedy research out there.
Hello Bonjour (15 days ago)
Well, to be fair, if you get an Apple product a day, you won't have money to afford the doctor, therefore he stays away
Das Kässpätzle (15 days ago)
Maybe pre-chewed apples would be helpful... NO, just kidding.
Amy Murray (15 days ago)
I loved this video and the studies. ♥️
Joseph1NJ (15 days ago)
low cost? apples are ~ 1 dollar/ea new me.
justgivemethetruth (15 days ago)
The fallacy here is that visits to the doctor and good health are in some kind of mathematical inverse relation. That should be insulting to the people who listen to this quack, because he clearly thinks you are idiots.
justgivemethetruth (15 days ago)
Then poor people must be the major consumers of apples since they never go to the doctor. This is stupid.
justgivemethetruth (15 days ago)
This is supposed to be scientific evidence? I don't think so.
John Paradise (15 days ago)
I eat an apple right before a routine check up and the doctor wouldn’t come near me!
John Paradise (15 days ago)
I consider an: “apple a day keeps the doctor away” as an a priority fact needing no research to convince me of its truthfulness. This is one instance when I will take a pass on the empirical method. But, it should also be logical and common sense knowledge that an “apple a day“ cannot erase the sins of a bad diet containing garbage such as processed foods, unpronounceable chemicals, and of course meat, cheese, eggs, milk and all animal flesh/products/secretions! Also, as beneficial as one apple in-itself is, we can think of it as an analogy for plant. Apple=plant-based died. And now I will leave you with the famous quote: Two apples a day keeps 2 doctors away! Except for Dr. Gregor, of course, who seems to be drawn towards those of us holding an apple!
ViRuSTriNiTy (15 days ago)
time consuming chewing - lmfao
Holzkohlen (15 days ago)
I ate two apples today. I am basically Super Man now.
Taiwa Ukawabutu (15 days ago)
sooooooooDark (15 days ago)
on the other hand make sure u keep eating cooked food so u do have to visit the doctor every now and then god forbid they'd get unemployed
star666moon (15 days ago)
How do you differentiate people who eat an apple a day that may generally have healthier behaviors and more aware of what they eat than people who don’t eat apples?
Daltira (11 days ago)
Because they have healthier behaviours and are more aware.
Jeong-hun Sin (15 days ago)
It does. Apples are so expensive, after eating them everyday, I had no money left to pay doctors so I could not visit them.
Marlon Moncrieffe (1 day ago)
Jeong-hun Sin Is this a joke?
Herb Zagorac (15 days ago)
So the message was???
Slap Stick (15 days ago)
You're doing it wrong. Suppose to insert the Honeycrisp rectally for max benefit..
Patty Schofield (15 days ago)
Sit down every day, and eat your apple while listening to Dr Gregor's daily talk.
MA Jo (15 days ago)
Maybe it's the people who eat apples instead of cake.
PJ Authur (15 days ago)
how do the massive amounts of pesticides affect the apples goodness?!
Sonia (15 days ago)
My absolute favourite fruit since very early age! Just more than one a day... my most addictive food 😋 (weird, hey? But can’t help it... love it!).
Sidilicious (15 days ago)
I'll take apples over statins. My mother ruined her old age by using statins which wreck her leg muscles.
puddingball (15 days ago)
would eating applesauce containing 100% apple yield the same results? Raw apples give me oral allergy syndrom
LIFE STARTS NOW (15 days ago)
I wish fruit and veggie vending machines were a thing :(
Some Guy (15 days ago)
I have been seeing a bowl of fruit at the checkout area of some convenience stores lately. They charge a dollar for a banana for example. Still the only things there worth buying.
Ana Pruneda (15 days ago)
God! I can't imagine people complaining about "all the trouble of chewing an apple"!!! 😂😂😂
A Happy Broccoli (15 days ago)
Is a black hole created when a doctor manages to grab an apple? And does Dr. Greger eat apples?
Joe Haddad (15 days ago)
A Happy Broccoli I laughed way more than i should have
Daren D (15 days ago)
An [ORGANIC] apple!
Lily Manson (15 days ago)
Now talk about why apples brown, and how that process is actually good for us. GMO Non-browning apples were recently approved for sale in the US. I wonder what the effects of that will be?
Ben Epstein (15 days ago)
Almost everyone eats plant based. Think about it.
kasper sorbom (15 days ago)
Ben Epstein White flour, industrial oil and white refined sugar, all technically plant based. I guess you are right :-p
I've been having sex with an apple a day - Am I doing it right? I seem to be keeping everyone away, including the Doctors - feeling absolutely chipper though, ^oo^
The Vegan Wallflower (15 days ago)
I eat two or three a day just to be sure.
Śūnyatā Eight (15 days ago)
The Vegan Wallflower Same - Organic Granny Smiths never go to waste in my house!
haku (15 days ago)
to the medical and pharmaceutical industries, within the current economic system, a patient healed is a customer lost https://youtu.be/GvkchZADaaA
Adam Khalil (15 days ago)
When’s your next Q and A ?
bananiac (15 days ago)
Hopefully people will eat more than just an apple a day haha
Ronnie & Minh (15 days ago)
I eat an apple every day, also eat raw food exclusively. After 18 years of eating this way I have only been to the Doctor once in 18 years and that was for a shoulder injury.
Doug bananaboy (15 days ago)
What is amazing apples is how well they store . I have Fuji apples now that taste fresh picked .....easy to eat an apple a day
Psi Clops (15 days ago)
Yes, Red Delicious apples are cheap, but they are the Iceberg Lettuce of apples. They are inferior in flavor and textures to almost every apple out there. The Honeycrisp has become very popular, and it is a good apple, but I contend that a Honeycrisp is just a rockier version of a Macintosh, which is still the best for balancing tartness and sweetness. My all-time favorite is the little known Ida Red (a child of the Jonathan and the Wagener). Sadly, the Ida Red has a very tiny window of peak flavor and texture, especially texture, as it gets mealy quickly. Supposedly it keeps for a long time, but "not rotting" is different from "tasting good". I haven't been able to find an Ida Red for over 30 years now. It is no longer an apple for me, but a memory of an apple.
Some Guy (15 days ago)
I agree about the Red Delicious. I will admit that they are red...
SKiLLsSoLoN (15 days ago)
RIP Ida Red -- I never heard of it but I do want to grow apples that last longer. I would guess that it would also preserve the body longer when eaten.
John JohnnyArt Pavlou (15 days ago)
Psi Clops, Jonagold!
TheKetsa (15 days ago)
I'd like to see a comparison between the standard "apple" with 40+ pesticide treatments a year versus bio apples.
ghenulo (8 days ago)
Mi lavas la pomojn. Ĉu tio sufiĉas?
SSBMan (15 days ago)
I love the objective of the study, so lighthearted.
David Henson (15 days ago)
My doctor says he feels guilty for charging me for check ups. He says I am his healthiest patient currently.
Some Guy (14 days ago)
David Henson What is more valuable than your health? Money? No.
David Henson (14 days ago)
Some Guy Vegan since high school. It's funny, but friends from high school have not aged well, and I still get carded. If someone offered me a million dollars to give up my plant based diet I would turn them down.
Some Guy (15 days ago)
My doc said I was "disgustingly healthy!" Whole Food Plant Based here. How about you? BTW I was in my late 50's at the time. I am now over 60 and got similar comments on my last visit.
Azteca (15 days ago)
David Henson I don't envy people who have material things. I envy people who are in good health.
zukodude487987 (15 days ago)
Got apples?
Neophyte (15 days ago)
but but but carbs! but sugar!! - desperate keto dieters probably
Neophyte (12 days ago)
Raggedy Exynos fiber and anti-oxidants neutralize the hazards of carbohydrates and fruit typical contains so much of both that even the sugar in it is rendered harmless.
Raggedy Exynos (13 days ago)
I heard the fiber helps
Emily BH (15 days ago)
Of course the saying was coined in the late 1800s when everyone was already eating an organic diet, smaller portions with few if any additives in their foods (except for canned food) and most people were eating lots of fresh organic produce grown locally! Even if they were eating meat and had baked goods every once in a while, their diets were FAR CLEANER than what the average American consumes a day. So an apple a day then, may have been all that was needed to see difference in their health. Of course the study ignored this very important factor. Today the average American would probably need to eat Apples an entire day and nothing else each week to make a difference if he was eating the standard chemical laden dehydrating cooked junk food diet the other six days to make a difference.
Bettina Vogel (15 days ago)
... it needs more than an appel. 🍓🍅🍒🍏🍐🍆🥑🍇🥜🌰🌽🥦🌶🥥🍎🍏 it's the food!!
Don Vegan (16 days ago)
Only organic‼️
ghenulo (8 days ago)
Yes, only eat those carbon-based apples.
CDK (15 days ago)
Don Vegan nah
Melora Beecroft (16 days ago)
How do you like them apples?
Mary D2.0 (16 days ago)
Only if your aim is good (got this from a get well card).
Anna M. (16 days ago)
Unfortunately apply has too much sugar !
Śūnyatā Eight (15 days ago)
Well you can reverse animal product induced diseases with white rice, white sugar, and fruit juice 🤷🏻‍♀️
Low pH (15 days ago)
Anna M. The fiber in apples counteracts any abnormal spike in blood sugar you would regularly get
tamcon72 (15 days ago)
+ *Maxim Motyshen* Pay no attention to what obvious trolls comment under videos at this channel; this channel attracts many trolls that attempt to sow doubt.
Armani (15 days ago)
The glycemic index of apples is low...
Maxim Motyshen (15 days ago)
What are you talking about? Please, show me some evidence that fructose in whole fruits cause any damage
Johny40Se7en (16 days ago)
"All that time consuming an apple" yeah because biting into a lovely crunchy apple and then chewing it for a couple of seconds and swallowing it just takes forever... I hope you were sarcastic at the end. Apples are lush and just like potatoes, they're so diverse, you can even chuck them into a stir fry or mash one and put into sweet and sour bean and mushroom ; )
Heather Anderson (15 days ago)
What a fascinating thought, apples in a stir-fry!
Snirate snigs (16 days ago)
Johny40Se7en yes, it was sarcasm. Greger does this a lot in videos, in quite entertaining.
crazy coco (16 days ago)
for more informations on this way of eating https://rabbit.org/articles/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Rabbit_Food_Pyramid-page-001.jpg
Risa Fey (16 days ago)
Also at the end, you have to account for that you're likely replacing one food item you're already eating with an apple, so the savings converts better than *adding* an apple into what you're already eating :p
Phil Griffiths (16 days ago)
An Apple a day will never keep Doctor Greger away!
Özer Tayiz (14 days ago)
Fructose is not a problem when you are eating whole plants, like a whole apple. All the studies saying "fructose is bad" comes from studies that look into effects of say, HFCS in soft drinks and candies and such.
Alex Lee (15 days ago)
An apple with 1/2 ts of turmuric and a dash of black pepper will keep the Dr away lol
RWS (15 days ago)
Oh, I see.
Ken Jataimu (15 days ago)
RWS I just said "cholesterol" so obviously that's what I was referring to. Cholesterol is only found in animal body parts and secretions. So stop eating that junk and your brain will work a bit better.
RWS (15 days ago)
Ken have you been smoking those vegan bullshit based herbs again? What junk are you speaking of? Perhaps you and your cucumber could enlighten us all.
Jacob P (16 days ago)
Well, i eat 4 a day so that's good! :)
RWS (16 days ago)
Typical Greger dumbo jumbo bullshit as usual. Completely void of nutrition evidence because he is not qualified in that field of medicine. So yes the saying has merit, if you want to stay healthy, An apple a day will keep Greger away...if you throw it hard enough.
Peter Woods (16 days ago)
I eat 2 or 3 a day and I suppose I am keeping several doctors away, but will it cause unemployment?
G Nickson (16 days ago)
Peter Woods Yes. That's why we're being lied to about nutrition!
zasteray73 (16 days ago)
Of course an apple a day will keep the doctor away, provided you throw it at him accurately. 😂
Rokie P (14 days ago)
Maxim Motyshen (15 days ago)
zasteray73 I thought the same ahah
Layinum2rest (16 days ago)
Do you have a video on what to eat to cure gout??? Just wondering. Good channel. 👍
Pickle Beaker! (16 days ago)
In 'Murica no health insurance keeps the doctor away
Naomi Mordi (16 days ago)
I think we should also note that the word apple (appel) used to simply mean fruit. Any fruit.
ghenulo (8 days ago)
When was this? Similar words in other Germanic languages (German Apfel, Dutch appel) have the specific meaning of "apple", not the more generic "fruit".
Daniel Matthews (15 days ago)
The word actually has two completely different origins and meanings.
Taiwa Ukawabutu (15 days ago)
Naomi Mordi (15 days ago)
i lovecars Aww. Thank you. 💖
i lovecars (15 days ago)
Naomi Mordi u awesome
Eva J. (16 days ago)
But it's such a chore to eat an apple....... Unbearable torture........just take a pill instead...... And trust me.....
Eva J. (15 days ago)
Alex sure it is, just don't read what side effects it brings......remember you only have one youth and we should have as much fun as possible and live how you want, do what you want... Anyway any complications occur we have more pills to combat that. Recreate life style from TV and we surely will have pill for any inconvenience. Who wants to live long and get old and ugly? YOLO.
Alex (15 days ago)
Ok. I just threw away all my apples for pills. You didn't say which ones, though. Is viagra alright?

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