Boost Your Cholesterol Lowering Diet with Apples

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Filed Under: Heart Health, Cholesterol, Food and Nutrition
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the crisp, cool weather and the changing leaves on the trees. I also love the abundance of one of my favorite fall foods—apples! While we know apples have numerous health boosting qualities; remember the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away?” Did you know apples are actually one of the best foods you can add to a cholesterol lowering diet?


In fact, apples are a cholesterol lowering diet—super food!   That’s because they’re loaded with phytonutrients and fiber, which have been shown in studies to help lower blood cholesterol. There’s no question that apples should be a staple of any cholesterol lowering diet. One of my favorite ways to eat apples is to slice them up, sprinkle a little cinnamon on top—and enjoy!


But an apple snack is only one way to enjoy them. You can also add apples to your cholesterol lowering diet by making them for dinner. Try placing boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a casserole dish, along with chopped onions, apples, and a few raisins. Sprinkle cinnamon with cinnamon, curry (and any of your favorite “apple pie spices”)—and bake in the oven at 350 degrees until the chicken is done. 


Plus, who says a cholesterol lowering diet can’t include dessert? Try making a healthy apple brown betty by layering apple slices in a casserole dish and sprinkling them with oatmeal. Then, add a “swizzle” of raw honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Bake at 350 until the apples soften (about 20 minutes).


Do you have a favorite apple recipe? I’d love to hear about it, so I can add it to my cholesterol lowering diet.

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