You may have heard that eating more calories will shorten your life span, increase your cholesterol, and cause you to gain weight. Well, that's not always true. A recent study found that it really depends on the type of food you eat, not the calories.
In this study, researchers increased the caloric intake of women by 240 calories. They did so by giving them dried apples every day for one year. This was the only change they made to their diet. The researchers wanted to see what impact the additional calories would have on their health. What they found completely goes against the lower-calorie teaching.
The researchers divided 160 women between the ages of 45 and 65 into two groups. They gave one group of women 75 grams of dried apples every day. They gave the second group 75 grams of another dried fruit. Then the researchers took blood samples at three months, six months, and at the end of the year-long study.
The women who ate the dried apples had a 23% decrease in their bad LDL cholesterol, a 4% increase in their good HDL cholesterol, and they had lower levels of lipid hydroperoxide and C-reactive protein. Lipid hydroperoxide is a product of free-radicals that cause cell damage and death. And C-reactive protein is a very important inflammation marker and a good indicator of heart disease.
What's more, the extra 240 calories every day didn't contribute to weight gain at all. In fact, they lost an average of 3.3 pounds over the year.
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While the women ate dried apples, you could expect to see the same results from eating fresh apples too. Just eat one or two apples a day.
The lower cholesterol likely came from the fiber content of the apples. Previous research has shown that the fiber in apples has a powerful cholesterol-lowering ability.
If you don't like apples, or can't eat one every day, you can get many of the benefits by taking a supplement like AppleBoost. I've written a lot about AppleBoost in previous Nutrient Insiders. These e-letters are available free of charge on the Advanced Bionutritionals website. This amazing supplement has tons of research behind it. I like it so much, I eat an apple a day and still take AppleBoost.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.