That old bit of Victorian health advice to eat an apple a day still holds up.
In fact, a new study shows that an apple a day is just as effective as statins (drugs used to lower cholesterol) at reducing the risk of death from heart attacks and strokes.
The study, published in the British Medical Journal, shows that if adults over 50 eat an apple a day, it can prevent over 8500 vascular deaths every year.
"A 150-year-old proverb is able to match modern medicine and is likely to have fewer side effects," the study’s authors wrote.
It goes without saying that you shouldn’t stop taking drugs that were prescribed to you, but talk to your doctor if you want to try alternate methods of prevention (like improving your diet).
In the meantime, it’s time to go apple-picking! Or (at least until apple season) it’s time to head to the grocery and pick some apples from the produce bin!
If you get tired of eating a plain old apple every day, here are some delicious apple recipes to make things more exciting.