Apples’ heart-healthy fiber can help lower cholesterol – Health News Today

For readers requesting recipes that are easy to prepare and have just a handful of ingredients, this one’s for you. Today’s quick and easy Baked Apples recipe offers a guilt-free sweet treat that’s perfect this time of year.

Apples provide pectin, a heart-healthy soluble fiber that can help lower levels of LDL or bad cholesterol in the blood. Beyond the heart benefits, the American Institute for Cancer Research highlights some potential cancer-reducing effects of apples. Interestingly, that same LDL cholesterol-lowering pectin helps bacteria naturally found in the gut produce compounds that protect colon cells from cancer.

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The most time-consuming aspect of making this recipe is coring the apples. Using an apple corer is the easiest way to get the job done. The best apple corers have a long handle and serrated edge to make cutting through the top of the apple a bit easier.

Baked Apples

If you don’t have an apple corer, a simple paring knife will do the trick. No matter the instrument you use, try to leave enough of the core at the base of the apple to hold in the filling.

For the best baked apples, use an apple that can stand up to baking without turning to mush. Granny Smith, Gala, Fuji, Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Mutsu (also known as Crispin), Pink Lady (also known as Cripps Pink), Jazz, Paula Red and Sweet Tango work well for today’s recipe.