Reduces Cholesterol Absorption
A study out of Florida State University involving 160 women who either ate 2.7 ounces of dried apples or prunes found that those in the apple group reduced their LDL (bad cholesterol) by 23 percent and their HDL (good cholesterol) increased by four percent. A protein that indicates inflammation and increases the risk for heart disease, C-reactive protein dropped by 32 percent in women who ate apples every day. Those in the prune group did not have significant reductions in any of these risk factors. Women who ate apples lost an average of 3.3 pounds despite the fact that 240 calories was added to their diet. Apples contain a soluble fiber called pectin prevents the gut from absorbing cholesterol and tells the body to use it. Researchers also noted that all colors provide the same benefits.