Dried apples may cut heart disease risk

Consumption of dried apples may lower the risk of developing cardiovascular disease in postmenopausal women by slashing levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol by almost a quarter, according to new research data.

The one year clinical trial – published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – evaluated the effect of dried apple and plum (prune) consumption in reducing cardiovascular disease risk factors in postmenopausal women.

Led by Professor Bahram Arjmandi of Florida State University, USA, the research team found that neither after three months total cholesterol levels in the group that ate apples dropped by 9% and LDL – often referred to as ‘bad’ cholesterol – dropped by 16%. These levels were found to be even lower after six months, with total cholesterol down 13% and LDL levels slashed by 24%.

“Our findings show that daily incorporation of dried apple into diets favorably improves cardiovascular health in postmenopausal women,” said Arjmandi and his colleagues, who noted that whilst prunes lowered cholesterol levels slightly, they did not achieve cholesterol reductions to the same extent as dried apple.

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