Eat 2 apples every day, improve your cholesterol
Your cholesterol level isn't alarmingly bad, but it's not really healthy either. In that case, you may well respond to the addition of two apples to your daily diet.
Italian and American nutritionists got 40 healthy men and women with slightly elevated cholesterol levels to eat 2 apples [whole apples] every day for 8 weeks. The researchers used apples from the Renetta Canada cultivar. The subjects ate them including skin, but without the core.
On another occasion, the subjects were given a glass of an apple juice from the supermarket with added sugars [control beverage] every day for 8 weeks.
In terms of calories, the apples and apple juice were somewhat equal, but not in terms of bioactive substances. The apples delivered almost a gram of polyphenols and a few grams of dietary fiber every day, these substances were hardly present in the juice.
The apples lowered the levels of the 'bad cholesterol' LDL and the triglycerides. The effect wasn't overwhelming, but okay. There was an effect, and it was positive.
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Daily consumption of apples also made the small blood vessels healthier and more flexible, the researchers discovered.
Am J Clin Nutr. 2020 Feb 1;111(2):307-18.
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