There are many things that we equate with fall: Pumpkins, cooler days, fall boots and, yes, apples.

I spoke with Brenda Duby with United Supermarkets about the importance of apples to our health and also about the many, many, many different kinds of apples available.

Health facts

Not only are apples rich in fiber, averaging around 4 grams of fiber per apple and around 95 calories, they also can help keep you full and away from less healthy snacks.

Duby told me that the recommended daily fiber intake is 25 grams, which is why fresh fruits and veggies are so important every day. She said that the average American only gets around 14 grams of fiber per day, which is well below the recommended amount.

So, 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away' isn't just a myth or old wives' tale.

Apple varieties

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There are apples for virtually every palette.

Granny Smith apples are the tried and true favorite if you love your apples tart and crisp. There are also Honeycrisps, which are crisp, mild and sweet. You can also choose from Red Delicious apples, Jonagold apples, Gala apples and more.

Fun snacking

There are also many ways to eat apples. Raw like so many of us do, or chopped up and added into tuna or chicken salad.

And who doesn't like a good apple pie? Apple butter is a little time consuming, but not if you buy it pre-prepared. With cinnamon and other spices, it's a perfect fall accent for toast, oatmeal, English muffins and the like.

Baked apples are also a great way to add sweetness and texture to a meal or dessert.  Add it as a side to pork chops, chicken, link sausage or even over ice cream. Delish!

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