An Apple (or Two) a Day Really Does Boost Health
Crunch on a couple of apples a day to keep the doctor away. For a study, researchers randomly assigned 40 adults with slightly elevated cholesterol to eat two apples or drink an apple beverage with matching sugar and calorie content every day. After eight weeks, the participants swapped apples for the drink (and vice versa) for two more months. Apple eating led to a small but significant drop in cholesterol, both total and LDL (the bad kind), a reduction that could help prevent heart disease. Apples’ fiber, along with compounds called polyphenols, likely provide the protective benefit, the researchers speculate, so consider adding them to your daily diet. One medium apple has about 25 grams of carbohydrate.
Source: The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Dec. 16, 2019