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Where did the saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" come from?

I don't know about you, but I've enjoyed too many sweets, and eaten lots of tasty food this past week... most of which are more in the comfort aisle then the healthy aisle. Today my mom said, "we should eat an apple, you know what they say, 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away!'" Yes, thank you, mom, both for the cut up apple and for the Daily Doodle inspiration.

So where did this saying come from? Turns out, it seems it first appeared in print in Wales. Though the saying was more of a rhyme that went, "eat an apple on going to bed and you'll keep the doctor from earning his bread". The saying as we know it today was coined in 1913.

Interestingly enough, there have been a few studies which concludes those who eat 'an apple a day' actually are more healthy than those who don't! That being said, persimmons have been proven to be even more healthy than apples!

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