ripe green applesAn apple a day will keep the doctor away, according to new research from a U.S. national health and nutrition survey. The study found that people who eat one large apple a day are at lower risk of metabolic syndrome, which could increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes. Apple juice and apple sauce were likewise found to be beneficial. Apple-eaters also had smaller waists, lower blood pressure, and lower levels of a protein related to inflammation.

The  study was presented at the Experimental Biology 2008 meeting, and was sponsored by the American Apple Industry.