Eat a Red Apple Day

Eat a Red Apple Day is celebrated on December 1st of each year.  The staff at National Whatever Day were unable to discover the origin of Eat a Red Apple Day, however we believe it was established to promote the health benefits of red apples.

The proverb “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”, addressing the health effects of the apple, dates from the 19th century Wales.  Research suggests that apples may reduce the risk of colon cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer.  Compared to many other fruits and vegetables, apples contain relatively low amounts of vitamin C, but are a rich source of other antioxidant compounds.  The fiber content, while less than in most other fruits, helps regulate bowel movements and may thus reduce the risk of colon cancer.  They may also help with heart disease, weight loss, and controlling cholesterol, as they do not have any cholesterol, have fiber, which reduces cholesterol by preventing reabsorption, and (like most fruits and vegetables) are bulky for their caloric content.