We Heart Apples: Another Reason to Grab One

New study shows the fruit can significantly lower bad cholesterol

It's apple picking season in the Active Times neighborhood, and we've been known to help ourselves (with permission) to a few as we venture into the wilds of greater NYC.  Now there's further reason for foraging: A recent study from the Ohio State University showed that eating an apple a day for four weeks lowered levels of oxidized LDL (the so-called“bad cholesterol” associated with heart disease) by 40 percent.

The study focused on healthy, middle-aged adults and was led by Robert DiSilvestro, professor of human nutrition at Ohio State University and a researcher at the university's Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.

Interestingly, DiSilvestro said daily apple consumption was significantly more effective at lowering oxidized LDL than other antioxidants he has studied, including curcumin (the active ingredient in the spice turmeric) and green tea.

"Not all antioxidants are created equal when it comes to this particular effect," he said.

The apple industry funded the study, which made us skeptical. However, it’s not the first time researchers have found correlations between apples and good health. In fact, numerous studies show a correlation between apples and decreased risk of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and asthma. 

The study, published online in the Journal of Functional Foods, will also appear in a future print edition.