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An Apple A Day May Keep Cholesterol Away

April 15, 2011 by  

An apple a day may keep cholesterol awayIn a randomized trial of 160 post-menopausal women, it was found that regular consumption of apples lowered unhealthy LDL cholesterol, raised beneficial HDL cholesterol and diminished the presence of inflammatory and damaging compounds, according to Florida State University researchers.

Every day for a year, half of the women ate 75 grams of dried apples and the remainder consumed the same amount of prunes. Their blood was tested at three intervals over the trial period.

The women who ate apples experienced an average 23 percent decrease in LDL cholesterol after six months, and raised beneficial lipids by 4 percent. They also had lower levels of cell-damaging lipid hydroperoxide and inflammatory proteins, compared to the participants who ate prunes.

Moreover, despite the 240 calories that the apples added to the women's daily intake, they saw an average weight loss of 3.3 percent.

"Reducing body weight is an added benefit to daily apple intake," said study author Bahram H. Arjmandi, Ph.D., R.D.

The researchers noted that the pectin and fiber found in apples may help consumers feel satiated.  

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  • newspooner

    Many studies over many decades show that: An apple a day keeps the doctor, the dentist, and the psychiatrist away. Now we need to find a fruit that keeps socialist politicians away.

    • Firefly

      Why surely you must know,
      It rhymes with Pelosi and Reid.
      Some will deny it is so,
      It’s really just called loco-weed.

  • Susan King

    An apple is also a very effective way to wake up, increase alertness and energy. My college son has found this true and often eats one on the way to class in the morning, tired and short on sleep. Says it’s as effective as coffee.

  • Suzette Moore

    For my dad, 5pm was ‘apple time’ everyday. Didn’t matter what we were doing or where we were, my dad had an apple at 5….I still chuckle about it. He also HAD to have honey every morning for breakfast. In spite of his mental problems associated with aging, he was remarkably healthy….at the time of his demise in his late 80′s he was only on one prescription medication.

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  • Janet

    I personally eat the whole apple (including seeds) except the stem.
    Vitamin B17 or Laetrile is in the seed which goes after cancer cells.
    I believe this to be true.

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