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Friday, April 15, 2011

Stay Healthy by Eating Apples

Friday, April 15, 2011


Eat an apple every day and the doctor went away. That's the old advice that has existed since 150 years ago and still remains relevant today. Apples become a favorite food for people who are doing the diet because the water content and fiber in apples can suppress appetite. Not only that, eating an apple every day can also keep you from heart disease.

A recent study in the United States back to reveal the truth of this advice. Studies show that apples can help lower bad cholesterol and help you lose weight.

In a study for a year of 160 postmenopausal women (ages 45 to 65 years) who regularly eat apples, it turns out their bodies more healthy. The respondents were divided into two groups, namely eating fresh apples and eating apples that have been dried.

Women who eat apples every day for a year can reduce total cholesterol by 14 percent and levels of bad cholesterol (LDL or Low Density Lipoprotein) by 23 percent.

After regularly eating fresh apples for 6 months, their levels of bad cholesterol (LDL), fell to 23 percent. At the same time, levels of good cholesterol (HDL) rose to 4 percent.

Meanwhile, women from groups that have dried apple eaters intake of about 75 grams per day, their weight on average reduced. C-reactive protein levels (markers of inflammation in the body) and heart disease risk marker also fell.

Scientists from Florida State University explains, apples contain pectin which increases the body's ability to metabolize fat. Pectin contributes to the viscosity of what happened through the body, and help remove it. Apples also have a lot of antioxidants and other natural components. Apples are also rich in polyphenols that inhibit the production of inflammatory molecules.

Apples are the fruit truly amazing for many reasons. The biggest reason is the fiber in it, apples have soluble and insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber found in the skin, while the fruit contains soluble fiber.

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