Fall is here, and it’s time for everything apple. As kids, we gave them to our teachers and were always told that eating one a day would keep the doctor away. It’s an old adage, but is there any truth to it? Actually, there is. Apples are a good source of vitamin C and contain antioxidants, which can help prevent diseases including cancer, heart disease and even asthma. Likewise, they have been shown to lower bad cholesterol (LDL), and contain a decent amount of dietary fiber. Apples can even aid in the prevention of osteoporosis in post-menopausal women. Besides all of this, they are a delicious, low-calorie, anytime snack that can curb your appetite if eaten about 30 minutes before a meal.

Keep in mind, however, that not all apples are created equal. Granny Smith, McIntosh and Golden Delicious are best for cooking and baking while Red Delicious, Honeycrisp and Gala are best for eating out of hand. Apples are so versatile though, you will be able to find just the right apple for every occasion.

So pack an apple for your teacher, coworker, friend or anyone else you care about and don’t forget to include one for yourself, too.

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