Fighting heart disease and slashing your risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke just got a whole lot safer and easier. Toss those side-effect linked statins and head for the produce aisle instead.

A new study published in the British Medical Journal found that if we wrote a prescription for an apple a day for everyone 50 or older, we could save an astounding 8,500 lives every year in the UK alone. That puts the delicious side-effect free fruit on par with what they claim statin drugs can do.

I’ll take THAT swap any day of the week!