An apple a day really will keep the doctor away and is as effective as statins at preventing strokes and heart attacks, a study suggests.
Researchers at the University of Oxford have concluded that around 8,500 deaths could be prevented every year if over 50s who are not already taking statins ate an apple each day.
Apples are high in soluble fibre which slows the build-up of cholesterol-rich plaque in the arteries. Last year researchers found the Pendragon apple contained the most beneficial compounds.
Dr Adam Briggs, of the BHF health promotion research group at Oxford, said: "While no one currently prescribed medicine should replace them for apples, we could all benefit from eating more fruit."
Also apples, unlike statins, have no side effects. (© Daily Telegraph, London)