The fact that it is literally argued that an Apple a day keeps the doctor away, many Kenyans actually believe that the fruit does exactly that when it come to the treatment of cancer. For a fact, Apples are widely consumed in Kenya with fruit vendors making a kill each day.
Here-say and unproven research information praise the fruit for its ability to prevent and even cure cancer among other dreaded diseases. On a daily basis, innocent Kenyans who prefer to be healthy the diet way rush to stalls and fruit vendors to purchase this highly recommended commodity. Most of these Kenyans are those struggling with lifestyle diseases.
A handful of studies has shown that Apple has a high content in Fibre hence making it a slightly better fruit when treating different types of cancer such as the Colon Cancer. Many other studies have proven the importance of having food rich in Fibre when it comes to the treatment and management of cancer patients. But comprehensive studies have shown that Fibre only is merely an add-on when it comes to basic dietary requirements during the treatment of cancer.
According to several studies by the Cancer Research Centre in the United Kingdom, Apple and its product have little effect when it comes to cancer treatment. In fact, basic analysis of its content shows how Apple as a fruit is inferior in terms of its nutrient content. Apples have none (Zero) Vitamin B1 and B2, which are key vitamins that help the body in energy-yielding.
It is indeed true that studies have shown that fruits have some touch in the treatment of cancer. According to several trials, only fruits with high levels of Vitamin A, E and C have some basic functional characteristics that prevent cancer cells from growing and spreading to other parts of the body. Such vitamins are also referred to as anti-oxidants. Apples have none (Zero) Vitamin B1 and B2, which are key vitamins that help the body in energy-yielding.
Several studies focussing on the Apple fruit has revealed that it doesn’t contain enough of anti-oxidant vitamins neither does it have Vitamin B1 and B2, which are key vitamins that help the body in energy-yielding.
Specific studies have shown that the apple fruit has little vitamin C. Fruits are mostly recommended for their content of Vitamins especially vitamin C. Analysis of 125g fresh fruits, Apple results show it contains 13.8mg of Vitamin C compared to Mango with 48.4mg and Orange with 62.5mg. Avocado and bananas of same quantity have higher amounts of vitamin C compared to Apples. To attain such levels of vitamin C required to fight cancer, one will be forced to purchase plenty of Apples which will be relatively expensive as compared to other fruits relatively available in the Market. Market surveys of prices of commodities in Kenya show that an Apple fruit is five times much more expensive than an orange.
Looking at all these factors, it would be wrong for any health consultant, food scientist, nutritionist or dietitian to encourage or advise cancer patients to consume enough of Apples as compared to other fruits. Furthermore, Apple is considered as an exotic fruit especially in Kenya and for anyone trying to minimise the cost of treating and managing cancer, it is only necessary that you avoid crossing paths with it.
It’s high time, Kenyans should review their drivers of food choices and consider fruits grown in Kenya and at a relatively cheaper price. It’s not that apples are bad but we should practice consumption of a variety of fruits to achieve healthy lives.