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"An apple a day" is an age-old prescription, and a review published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in February indicates why it's still valid: Eating more fiber, especially fruit fiber, can help lower the risk of death from heart disease. Other benefits: Apples have no fat and are low in calories.
Supermarkets offer plenty of ways to eat apples--in cereal, chips, bars, or applesauce, for starters.
But wait. Our look at a barrel of "apple" products revealed that some fall far from the tree. Apple chips, for instance, come with twice as many calories as an apple, plus 7 grams of fat. Some products have added sugars (they provide extra calories but no nutrients) or partially hydrogenated oil (like saturated fat, it raises "bad" cholesterol). Apple juice can be a good source of vitamin C, but it's fairly high in sugars. It may contribute to tooth decay in children who hold a bottle or cup of juice in their …