An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away. Two Apples…?

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The famous adage, coined by Benjamin Franklin, has done good for the apple industry. And science has long backed the health benefits of apple consumption. Aside from the nutrient rich profile (vitamins, minerals, fiber), apples help reduce inflammation and play a positive role in metabolism of fats in the body.

A new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics shows that eating two apples a day has additional health benefits. A group of 160 post menopausal women were studied for an entire year. Half ate dried apples every day, the other dried plums. The amount of dried apples was equivalent to 2 apples.

What scientists saw was that as early as 3 months into the study, total blood cholesterol levels started to decline by 9% and 16% for LDL (bad cholesterol). After another 3 months, there was a further reduction of 4% and 8% respectively.

The plums did not provide the same benefit.

Why is cholesterol reduction important? Because it reduces the risk of heart disease, countering the increase in risk women experience as they enter middle age. Apples seemed to do a good job here.

Are apples the only way to decrease your cholesterol? Of course not. And plums are healthy too. But it’s always good to get more positive data points on whole foods.

So, what’s your favorite apple varietal?

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  • Liv Marie

    My favorite fruit ate apples. I eat at least one a day sometimes even 3! So healthy and convenient for afternoon snacks or the morning with breakfast. Apples leave me feeling clean and fresh. Natures natual toothbrush :) try slices with Justin’s almond butter. Any flavor! Absolutely the best. Make dur to get organic ones though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vlondini Vince Londini

    Royal Gala – I could eat those all day. In fact, I do! Five or six throughout the day as Breakfast and Lunch :)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CYLX4SOISPINP5PFVBMWTP7HY4 Michelle

    I heard once that eating an apple has the same “wake-me-up” effect as a cup of coffee. :) My favorite varietal is fuji. They’re the best!

  • EVIL food scientist

    Granny Smith for the tartness and crisp crunch (goes well with various savory dips and cheese slices too) and Honeycrisp and Haralson for eating out of the hand.

  • http://musicmakesmehigh.wordpress.com/ Reecie

    I like Pink Lady and Gala apples

  • http://twitter.com/GFreeHappyTummy GlutenFreeHappyTummy

    i love honeycrisp! what an interesting article!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1358210942 Andrea RThousand Lang

    I love macintosh apples!

  • http://twitter.com/KellyRunsOnCake Kelly Runs on Cake

    Golden delicious apples with a little Alouette light garlic and herb cheese….YUM!

  • Apple Lover

    If you have yet to try a Honey Crisp, you are in for a pleasant surprise.

  • Guest

    Ah, I absolutely love apples. Honeycrisp are my favorite, but they tend to be a bit pricey. Pink lady and Braeburn are very high up on my list as well!