(NBC NEWS) – You have heard the saying an apple a day will keep the doctor away.
But a new study suggests it may also help you live longer.
Australian researchers followed over 53,000 Danes for 23 years while studying their dietary habits.
Those who regularly consumed flavonoid-rich foods, such as apples, were less likely to die from heart disease or cancer.
And the protective effect of these foods appeared to be strongest for those at a high risk of chronic diseases due to smoking of heavy drinking.
The experts say one apple, a cup of tea, three and a half ounces of both blueberries and broccoli would do the trick.