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Apples can lower risk of heart disease in women: study

Snacking on the fruit every day slashed cholesterol by almost a quarter.

Written by Agencies | London | Published: July 27, 2012 2:57 pm

Just two apples a day can cut cholesterol levels in women and protect them against heart disease,a new research has claimed.

Researchers from Florida State University in the US found

that apples significantly lowered blood fat levels in postmenopausal women,the group most at risk of heart attacks and strokes.

They recruited 160 women who had been through the

menopause and got half to eat 75 g a day of dried apple – the equivalent of two medium-sized fresh apples.

As a comparison,the other half were told to eat the same

quantity of prunes to see if they had a similar effect. Each

volunteer underwent blood tests every three months for one

year.

Snacking on the fruit every day for six months slashed

cholesterol by almost a quarter. The biggest reduction was

seen in low-density lipoprotein,the so-called ‘bad’ cholesterol that furs up arteries and raises the risk of a

life-threatening clot forming near the heart or brain.

The results,published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,showed that after three months total

cholesterol levels in the apple-eating group had dropped by

nine per cent and LDL cholesterol by 16 per cent.

After six months,levels were even lower,with total

cholesterol down 13 per cent and LDL levels dropping by 24 per cent.

Prunes lowered cholesterol levels slightly but not to the

same extent as the dried apple.

“Consumption of about two medium-sized apples can

significantly lower cholesterol levels as early as three

months,” researchers were quoted by the paper as saying.

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