An Apple a Day – Old Advice Stands the Test of Time

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on July 31, 2014 · 0 comments

An Ohio State University study found that eating an apple a day for four weeks lowered LDL – bad cholesterol – by 40 %.

  • Tip: Cut fat and calories by substituting applesauce for oil when baking.
  • Fact: Studies show people who eat apples or apple products regularly are more likely to have lower blood pressure and trimmer waistlines.
  • Fact: Apples are among the tastiest and best source of soluble fiber.
  • Tip: Toss a bag of pre-sliced apples in your lunchbox, backpack or briefcase for a crisp, convenient pick-me-up anytime.
  • Fact: Some studies indicate the antioxidants in apple juice may play a role in reducing the risk of heart disease.
  • Tip: Refrigerate apples as soon as possible to slow ripening and maintain flavor. Properly-refrigerated apples can keep anywhere from 4-6 weeks.
  • Fact: Ursolic acid, a natural compound found in the apple’s skin, may prevent muscle wasting that can result from aging or illness.
  • Tip: Wash each apple under cool, running water and dry with a clean paper towel before serving.
  • Tip: Select apples that are firm to the touch, have a good aroma and are free of skin breaks and bruises.
  • Tip: Dried apples are a great alternative to fresh apples slices and easily added to breakfast foods, baked goods, granola and more.
  • Fact: Producers grow more than 2,500 apple varieties in the U.S. Each apple from the more than 250 million grown annually is hand-picked. Cold storage ensures Americans can enjoy heart-healthy apples year-round.
  • A 4-ounce (1.2 cup) serving of apple juice counts toward your daily fruit and vegetable recommendation.
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