Previous posts have reviewed how an apple a day can help keep the doctor, like me, away. Now there is additional data that at least for women, dried apples can also confer a level of benefit.[i] A 1 year study looked at “the effect of dried apple vs. dried plum consumption in reducing cardiovascular disease risk factors in postmenopausal women.”
The study looked at 160 post-menopausal women who were given either dried plums or dried apples (75g/day-about two medium sized apples). Women who ate the apples lost a little more weight (not statistically significant), 1.5 kg over the course of the year. At the end of the year, the dried plum e group had decreased their total cholesterol (TC) and low density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad” cholesterol) level by 3.5% and 8%, respectively (not statistically significant). However, the dried apple group did significantly lower their TC by 13% and LDL by 24%. Both dried fruits were able to lower serum levels of lipid hydroperoxide and C-reactive protein (CRP). These are markers that correlate with the level of inflammatory state. The dried plum group had significantly lower levels of lipid hydroperoxide and CRP. The take away message is that both dried “apple and dried plum are beneficial to human health in terms of anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties.”[ii]
Now if there was only something to keep the ex at bay and far away….
[i] (Sheau C. Chai, 2012)
[ii] (Sheau C. Chai, 2012)
Sheau C. Chai, S. H.-S. (2012). Daily Apple versus Dried Plum: Impact on Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in Postmenopausal Women. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Volume 112, Issue 8, Pages 1158-1168.