London - It’s said an apple a day keeps the doctor away - but it seems eating two is even better.
When 40 people with slightly high cholesterol ate two large apples a day for eight weeks, it lowered their levels of bad cholesterol by almost four percent, which could reduce the risk of a stroke or heart attack.
Apples contain a fibre that fuels gut bacteria which might lower cholesterol. The Renetta Canada variety used in the study are especially high in polyphenols, thought to relax
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Senior author Professor Julie Lovegrove, of the University of Reading, said: “We believe the fibre and polyphenols are important and apples are a popular fruit among all ages.”
Although the effects were small compared with drugs such as statins, experts say the benefits of a healthy diet accumulate over time.
The study, involving people aged 20 to 69, was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.