From oats to walnuts, a handful of everyday foods are stepping up to the plate when it comes to battling unhealthy cholesterol. By: Maureen Callahan, MS, RD
Over the last few decades many reports suggest that polyphenols, antioxidant compounds found in apples and apple juice, may help inhibit the oxidation of LDL or “bad” cholesterol. Oxidation of LDL cholesterol is what leads to plaque buildup in arteries. Apples are also a good source of soluble fiber and have roughly the same cholesterol-lowering abilities as oats. If you’re counting, one small apple harbors one gram of soluble fiber. Don’t like apples? Many fruits sport comparable levels: 1/2 medium grapefruit, 1/2 large pear, 3 prunes, 2 dried figs, and one cup of strawberries.
How much is good? Dare we say "an apple a day" is a good place to start. Better yet, maybe the new mantra should be an apple at every meal.