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 A Happy and Healthy New Year to Everyone!

An Apple a Day …

A recent study suggests that women may be able to lower their blood cholesterol levels by eating apples daily. The study was small – only 100 post-menopausal women took part. Half of them ate 75 grams (2 ½ ounces) of dried apples (the equivalent of two average sized fresh apples) every day. The other women ate a similar amount of dried prunes every day. The study lasted for a year.

After six months, the dried apple eaters saw a drop of 13% in their total cholesterol levels. Their LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) dropped by 24%. Those who ate prunes saw no change in their total cholesterol. At the end of the year, both groups had similar reductions in LDL cholesterol while the apple eater’s total cholesterol remained lower.

Because the study did not include a control group and was very small, we can’t draw scientific conclusions quite yet. But we do know that apples contain pectin, a water-soluble fiber that can help lower cholesterol. And they’re full of other delicious nutrients as well.

So, with apple season beginning, dip your apples in honey now to welcome a sweet new year. And then keep eating them all year round.

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Chana Rubin, RD
Food for the Soul

Traditional Jewish Wisdom for Healthy Eating
By Chana Rubin, RD

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