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Study Finds Cardiovascular Benefits In Apple Consumption

November 8, 2010: 07:04 AM EST

Including more apples and apple products in a person’s diet could be an easy way to lower the risk of heart disease, which affects more than a third of the American population, according to U.S. research in rodents. Animals genetically bred for obesity were fed either a high fat diet, a diet with apple pectin or a freeze dried powder made from whole apples, about the same as two medium-sized apples a day. After four months, researchers found a heart health benefit among the rodents fed the apple powder that went beyond cholesterol reduction alone. They speculated that antioxidant phytochemicals in apple powder reduced oxidative stress, a critical component of heart disease, and may have contributed to reducing high blood pressure.

"An ‘Apple a Day’ Could Help Keep Your Cardiologist at Bay", News release, US Apple Association, November 08, 2010, © US Apple Association
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