A new report from “USA Weekend” who partnered with the TV show “The Doctors” advised eating an apple a day for 4 weeks may lower your bad (LDL) cholesterol. The article says that apples are a good source of soluble fiber, that being the main ingredient that helps lower cholesterol. Soluble fiber actually helps minimize the absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream.
The article also indicates that people who ate the apples as opposed to taking dietary supplements, in this case polyphenols which is an antioxidant found in apples, had better results. This supports my belief that no supplement is as good as the source. Get the nutrients from the food source and you won’t have to worry about the quality of supplements!
Another article indicated that daily fruit lowered bad (LDL) cholesterol by 40% in middle aged adults. It also said that apples are more effective than supplements in lowering bad cholesterol. One apple a day for four weeks was seen to make a huge difference in lowering oxidized LDL cholesterol. This is the worst kind of cholesterol that leads to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
Other good sources of soluble fiber include other fruits, nuts, legumes, vegetables like broccoli, brussels sprouts, and carrots.
My favorite is a bowl of old fashioned oatmeal with blueberries on top. Add some skim milk too.
Get in the habit of eating an apple a day and you might just see your cholesterol go down!
Check this post about foods to eat and foods to avoid. And see a picture of my typical breakfast!