An Apple a Day – The Proverb We All Grew Up Learning

If there was ever a proverb that really motivated us to care about our health, it probably has to be “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

It’s one of the most common proverbs we may have ever come across, and has originated from the Wales, a country in the United Kingdom.

What Does It Mean?

While the meaning of this proverb – which is probably also used as a children’s songs sometimes – is pretty obvious, there’s more to it than what it may seem when you first hear it. The obvious meaning is that the apple is a very beneficial fruit for your health, and you should be eating it daily if you want to avoid health issues that call for the need to visit a doctor.

However, the real meaning may be interpreted as fruits and vegetables being very healthy eating options, and can go a long way in avoiding health issues that may require you to seek the assistance of a doctor or, worse, a long-term and demanding treatment process.


As said earlier, this proverb, or one of the more popular kid’s songs of the modern times if we could say that, was first introduced to the world in Wales in the 1860s.

However, it was different and much longer than what is commonly used today, but the underlying meaning was essentially the same. The shorter version that has now become one of the most common and popular health proverbs ever had emerged as a new version of the old proverb at the end of the 19th century.

YouTube Videos

As we said earlier, the proverb “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” has turned into one of the more popular baby songs. There are now many videos available on YouTube using the proverb to make preschool songs that encourage kids to eat apple.