by Harmony Heffron

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“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”  Though it sounds like something your grandmother might tell you, could it really be true? Can something as simple as eating an apple actually improve your health?

High in fiber, apples are definitely a good health food for athletes, but the benefits of apples far exceed just being “regular.”

A new study shows apples can be particularly beneficial for older women. Dr. Bahram H. Arjmandi, PhD, RD and Margaret A. Sitton, Professor and Chair, Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences at The Florida State University have recently studied the cardioprotective properties of apples and have found large benefits for post-menopausal women. The women in their study that consumed an apple a day showed a remarkable 23% reduction in bad cholesterol after six months.

Dr. Arjmandi also added another benefit of eating apples to the list, ”Reducing body weight is an added benefit to daily apple intake.” This could possibly be due to the pectin content of apples which has also been linked to improved lipid metabolism in other studies.

For Spartans trying to slim down and improve their heart’s health, this little piece of folk wisdom may just be the key.

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