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Apples Help Reduce Bad Cholesterol

Updated: Monday, September 9 2013, 01:39 PM EDT
One of those great fall foods might also be good for falling cholesterol levels.

Medical Reporter Liz Bonis explains how in today's Health Alert.

More proof today that an apple a day may keep the doctor away.
There is evidence already they might help fight off certain cancers.  Now there is support they may also play a role in reducing one risk for heart disease.

We stopped out at Madison's in Findlay Market to tell you more about this research from Ohio State. Researchers found apples may make a significant difference in reducing your bad kind of cholesterol.

What researchers did is they followed adults who ate an apple a day for four weeks. They then compared LDL or bad cholesterol levels and found the apple eaters dropped those levels by as much as 40 percent. Those who took a pill or supplement with polyphenols, the goodness in the apple that they think is good for you didn't get the same results.

These good for you polyphenols may be in the colors and flavors and textures, so you can't get them in a pill, or put them in a supplement. The apple also has fiber which may help pull bad fat out of your body. This study was done in red apples, but any kind you like may offer similar results.
Apples Help Reduce Bad Cholesterol

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