Science Backs Apple A Day

Science Backs Apple A Day An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Everyone's heard that one. Now there's research to support this popular saying. The USDA funded study was presented at Experimental Biology 2011 last week in Washington D.C.

Scientists assigned 160 women aged 45-65 to eat either 75 grams of dried apples a day every day for one year or a similar amount of dried prunes. The apple eating women realized significant health benefits. Not only did their 'bad' LDL cholesterol decrease by an average of 23%, their 'good' HDL cholesterol increased by about 4% and they lost around 3 pounds over the course of 12 months.

True Strength Moment: Even though the 75 grams of dried apple contributed 240 extra calories per day, these women still lost weight. That's the dietary fiber in apples going to work for you. The improved cholesterol profiles were probably the result of apple pectin and polyphenols. It just goes to show how making healthy food choices can pay off.
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