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Apple As A Cholesterol Cure

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Perhaps the simplest way to take advantage of apples’ power to cure blood cholesterol is to eat the raw fruit itself, say experts .

“A fresh apple is a great snack food,” says Evelyn Tribole, R.D., a dietitian in Beverly Hills, California, and author of Healthy Home style Cooking .

But there are other ways to enjoy the delicious taste of apples. Try these suggestions.

•    Mix sliced apples with a low-fat cheese, sprinkle with fresh chives and serve on romaine lettuce. You might also toss sliced apples with raisins, almonds and cooked chicken and splash the salad with tarragon vinegar.
•    Add apples to baked goods. “You can grate apples into almost anything that you bake, including low fat muffins and cakes,” . Try grating one large apple into a recipe that yields six large
muffins.
•    Saute a side dish. Sauteed apples are a delicious accompaniment to meat (preferably leaner cuts). After sauteing turkey cutlets, for example, remove the meat from the pan and add sliced peeled apples
to the meat juices. Saute the apples for five minutes, then stir in 1/2 cup of apple juice and cook until the apples are soft (about three minutes). Serve with the cutlets.
•    Bake a guilt free pastry. Chop up some apples, add cinnamon and a little sugar, wrap the apples in phyllo dough and bake, suggests Tribole. “You’ll end up with something like apple strudel that’s very low in fat,”.

As healthful as apples are, you can sabotage their goodness. “Consuming apples in a pie with a thick crust loaded with butter isn’t the best way of eating them,” says Sheah Rarback, R.D., director of nutrition at the University of Miami School of Medicine’s Mailman Center.

You can indulge your sweet tooth occasionally. But if you want to help lower your blood cholesterol, it’s best to munch fresh apples or to prepare them in some other healthy way. To keep apples crisp, wrap them in a plastic bag and store them in the refrigerator. Apples kept at room temperature soften ten times faster than refrigerated fruit.

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