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 Got cholesterol problems? Try dried apples 
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Post Got cholesterol problems? Try dried apples
http://nutritionfacts.org/2013/09/12/be ... 5-23340841

Does anyone on this list regularly dry apples? I would be sad about missing the flavor of a fresh apple. I guess if I had a very productive variety that didn't taste that good I could dry it.
John S
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Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:23 am
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Post Re: Got cholesterol problems? Try dried apples
Thanks for posting this John. I found it very interesting. Funny, I read the previous article based on the same study, but touting plums improvement on... (was in inflammation?).

I bet you get the same cholesterol effect from fresh apples and one can get fresh apples for most of the year. I don't find dried apples appealing. The flavor is uninteresting and the texture isn't pleasant.

For you John, I'd also bet you get at least as much benefit from eating quince. They are even higher in pectin than are apples.


Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:54 pm
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Post Re: Got cholesterol problems? Try dried apples
I think I'm going to try to dry some quince this year. They should dry well because they're already pretty dry.
John S
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Thu Sep 12, 2013 2:37 pm
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Post Re: Got cholesterol problems? Try dried apples
We dry apples and they stay out on the table where kids do homework -- I'm sure that lack of chips can help prevent heart attack...

I recommend some of the more tart varieties as they mellow some and keep flavor better.


Mon Sep 16, 2013 7:58 am
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Post Re: Got cholesterol problems? Try dried apples
I dry all my excess apples (which is a lot). There is no way I can eat all my apples, even if I store them in a shed or refrigerator.

I dry them just until they are barely dry, so that they are still chewy. I don't like them crunchy. They still last a long time this way.

One time I dried plums & apples together. The plums dripped sweet sticky juice onto the apples. The result was awesome - dried apples with infused plum juice. This year I am going to try to do this to a whole bunch of them. I am also going to try making "cookies" - a dried plum between two dried apple slices.

I also put dried apples out for the kids - they love them -- they eat them like potato chips. They certainly do not do that with a whole (or even sliced) apple.

I think that certain apples are better for drying than others. I like sweet & chewy dried apples. Tart apples are too much tartness for me when dried. But I do like tart dried apples on a salad.

Dried apples from the store are awful, I think because of the preservatives they put on them, and also they have to get all the moisture out to ensure that they last forever without spoiling.

Regarding health benefits, I would not be a bit surprised if dried apples absorb fats (and perhaps other bad things) as they go through your digestive tract. A whole apple would probably not do that. Might be worth some study.


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