While dried fruit usually is frowned upon by nutritionists because it tends to be high in sugar, here's a good reason to eat it anyway! Dried apples, in particular, can actually have a very positive effect on overall cholesterol levels.
In one study, 80 women consumed 75 grams (2.64 ounces) of dried apples daily for a year. At the end of that period, their total cholesterol was down 14%. Their LDL (bad) cholesterol levels had fallen 23%, and the HDL (good) cholesterol increased 4%. Even more remarkably, there was a 32% decline in their C-reactive protein, an indicator of inflammation and a known risk factor in cardiovascular disease.
What was even more surprising was that those eating the dried apples, which added an additional 240 calories per day to their diet, lost an average of 3 pounds without making any other changes in their diet.
Can you imagine how much publicity a drug company would receive if they had a drug that could perform these same feats? The story on cholesterol-lowering statins drugs seems to get worse by the day. They’ve been linked to everything from muscle weakness and degeneration (myopathy), depression, and birth defects, to Parkinson’s disease and death.
Even still, you won’t be seeing any comparisons between dried apples and cholesterol drugs any time soon. Statins have become the world’s most profitable group of drugs with annual sales now around $26 billion.
When it comes to making a positive influence on cholesterol levels, dried apples put most cholesterol drugs to shame…and more importantly, they do it safely. So sit back and enjoy this sweet treat, knowing that you are doing your body some good!
Now it's your turn: Do you enjoy dried fruit?