An Apple A Day Keeps Your Doctor Away And Lowers Your Cholesterol

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An apple a day can keep the doctor away but it can also lower levels of bad cholesterol and improve levels of good cholesterol while also causing weight gain, according to a recent study.

According to study researcher Bahram H. Arjmandi, professor and chair of the department of nutrition at the Florida State University, found that Women who ate 75 grams (about one-third of a cup) of dried apples every day for six months had a 23 percent decrease in bad LDL cholesterol. The study participants also had their good HDL cholesterol increased by about 4 percent.

The study randomly assigned 160 women ages 45 to 65 to one of two groups. One group ate 75 grams (roughly 2.64 ounces) of dried apples every day for a full year. The second group ate another dried fruit for a year. Their blood samples were taken after three months, six months and at the end of the study period.

At the end of the one year study the women who ate the apples had lower levels of bad (HDL) cholesterol, lipid hydroperoxide (a cell damaging substance) and C-reactive protein, an indicator of inflammation in the body.

Researchers also found that the women lost an average of 3.3 pounds over the year.

Even though the study participants ate dried apples, the effect would likely be the same if they ate fresh apples, too. Though it’s hard to make an exact comparison, one cup of fresh apples would be about equivalent to a quarter cup of dried apples.

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