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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.

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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.

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