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Cholesterol check: two apples a day keep heart disease away – The Times

Apples are rich in compounds called polyphenols, which can improve blood vessel functionAlamy

The proverb on the benefits of eating an apple a day is nearly right, scientists have said. A study has found that two apples a day can do more to keep cholesterol down and lower the risk of heart disease.

Researchers at the University of Reading said their work showed “clear cause and effect” between eating the fruit and health benefits. They found that apples are rich in fibre and in compounds called polyphenols, which can reduce so-called bad cholesterol and improve blood vessel function.

The study used Renetta Canada apples, which are rich in proanthocyanidins, a type of polyphenol compound. They used apple juice squash, with a similar amount of calories and sugar, as a control. The researchers found that the apple had 8.5g…

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