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A Gift From The Heart For The Heart

December 24, 2013 by  

Need a last-minute stocking stuffer for someone you love? Here’s an idea: an apple slicer. The small, inexpensive kitchen tool could make a big difference in a person’s heart health. Research shows that using it on food can almost effortlessly improve one’s diet.

A study at Cornell shows that using an apple slicer can bump up apple consumption by almost 75 percent. And since research shows that an apple a day can protect your heart just about as well as a statin drug, this kitchen utensil can prove invaluable for cardiovascular health.

The Cornell study shows that the availability of bite-sized apple slices makes the fruit more appealing and desirable. The scientists believe that it is more attractive to pop a small piece of fruit into your mouth than to bite into a whole fruit.

Whatever the motivation, the slicer seems to do the trick. In the long run, buying a slicer is a little bit cheaper and more convenient than coronary bypass surgery.

So why not fill your loved one’s stocking with apples and wrap up an apple slicer to go along with them? Let your loved ones know you love them and that you want them to stay healthy so they’ll be around for many Christmases to come.

 

Carl Lowe

has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.

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