Joy Bauers Delicious Apple Recipes to Boost Heart Health
An apple a day really may keep the doctor away! Get your fill of this heart-smart super fruit with six delicious, fall-friendly recipes.
An apple — or two — a day may in fact
keep the doctor away! In a study conducted by researchers at Florida State
University, postmenopausal women who ate the dried equivalent of two fresh
apples a day for six months slashed their LDL or "bad" cholesterol levels by
almost a quarter. And despite the added
calories from the apples, the women lost about 3 pounds on average. The
study used dried apples for convenience purposes, but the researchers predict
that fresh apples (all varieties) may be even more effective. Apples contain a
plethora of plant compounds that may confer health benefits, including pectin, a
type of fiber that blocks cholesterol absorption, and polyphenols, antioxidants
that prevent cellular damage caused by free radicals. Here are six delicious,
healthy recipes to help you get your fill of this heart-smart super fruit.