English proverbs - An apple a day keeps the doctor away

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Today is 3 x the English!!!

For today's special post we will:
1. Learn a new proverb 
2. Read a news story 
3. Practice using the conditional clause "IF" that we learned yesterday! 
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The proverb: An apple a day keeps the doctor away
This proverb means if you eat an apple every day you will be healthy. (You won't need to see a doctor)


Read this news story:

An apple a day keeps the doctor away

December 28, 2013

New research says eating an apple every day can protect your body from a heart attack. The research is from Oxford University in England. The researchers said if people in England over 50 years old ate a daily apple, 8,500 fewer people would die each year from heart attacks and strokes. They added that if all adults ate more fruit and vegetables every day, there would be 11,000 fewer deaths in England. Lead researcher Dr Adam Briggs explained how healthier eating can have big effects on our health. He said: "It just shows how effective small changes in diet can be, and that both drugs and healthier living can make a real difference in preventing heart disease and stroke."

The phrase "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" entered the English language over 100 years ago. People in the 19th century knew about the benefits of apples. Scientists in the 21st century are still telling us. Apples contain chemicals that lower cholesterol in our bodies. Too much cholesterol increases the risk of having a heart attack. Wikipedia.com says there are more than 7,500 different kinds of apples. In 2010, we ate 69 million tons of the fruit. China grows nearly half of the world's apples. The USA is the second-leading producer, with around six per cent of the world’s production. People do many things with apples, from eating them raw, baking them, stewing them, and making sauces and cakes with them.

From the story:
“…. if all adults ate more fruit and vegetables every day, there would be 11,000 fewer deaths in England.”

If starts the sentence so our main action is at the end - 11,000 fewer deaths in England - on the condition that - all adults ate more fruit and vegetables every day.


Do you like apples? What is your favorite way to eat them? Raw? Baked in an apple pie?


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