Double up on your “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” mantra because one nutrition study seems to think that two apples a day helps to keep bad cholesterol away. The researcher who performed the study, Bahram H. Arjmandi, Ph.D., director for the Center for Advancing Exercise and Nutrition Research on Aging at FSU, even goes so far as to call apples “magical” in their powers to reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and raise the good stuff (HDL.) More on this study and healthy apple recipes ahead!..
Arjmandi’s study showed that women who ate 75 grams of dried apples per day reduced their LDL by 23% – and raised HDL by 3-4%. A comparative group who ate prunes did not have any reduction in their cholesterol. Now, I’m pretty sure the only “magical” apple I can think of is in Snow White, and that was the bad kind of magic! But 26% is a fairly eyebrow-raising number. Yes, apples are “good for you” in general.
The “magical” ingredient is most likely: pectin. Pectin-infused apples may help carry LDL out of your body. Just be sure to eat the whole apple – with skin. Apple juice and peeled apples probably won’t have the same effect. And note that the study used “dried apples” – not sure what part that may play in the outcome.
Feeling inspired to add more whole apples to your diet? Try these vegan apple recipes and infuse your diet with a little “magic” – the good kind!..
More info on this study on ABC Action News
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