Sometimes traditional folk wisdom can provide important advice for healthy living. But in the case of apples – “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” – that’s not necessarily true. In fact, apples carry some risks that may actually send you running to the doc. For starters, there is a portion of apples that have the potential to be deadly. Pesticide residue and common allergens may also damage your health.
But it’s not just about getting sick; apples may simply not support your health goals, especially if you are trying to lose weight. Interestingly, this is not about the sugar content, though apples do contain a lot. The fact that apples also have a good deal of fiber keeps them from dangerously spiking blood sugar. Apples also contain an antioxidant called quercetin that has been linked to a reduction in cancer risk.
Are the benefits of apples enough to outweigh the risks? After all, plenty of other foods contain quercetin, including grapes, broccoli, red onions, tea, and peppers. Join us as we explore the darker side of the classic All-American apple, including a few ways to mitigate the risks.
In the end, you may not decide to stop eating apples all together, but you will certainly think twice in the supermarket.