London: It`s said an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Now, scientists say there is some truth in the old adage as they found the fruit helps cut cholesterol levels and lose weight significantly.
Pectin is often used to help jams set, and high levels are also found in apricots, carrots and citrus fruits.Getting the equivalent benefits from fresh apples would require eating four or five a day, the researchers said.Dr Bahram Arjmandi, who led the study, said he "never expected apple consumption to reduce bad cholesterol to this extent", adding that the results were "incredible"."Everyone can benefit from consuming apples," Dr Arjmandi told the Experimental Biology conference in Washington.Although the tests focused on dry fruit, help is at hand for fans of the fresh variety with the recent decoding of the apple`s genetic code, paving the way for crunchier, juicer and healthier produce.Scientists are already using the information to create "extra-healthy" apples, set to reach supermarket shelves within four or five years.Teams are breeding red-fleshed apples bursting with nutrients said to do everything from protecting eyes and joints to warding off heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes. PTI
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