By University of Alabama
An apple a day can keep the doctor away, according to an international study headed by a University of Alabama faculty member.
Dr. Kristi Crowe-White, a registered dietitian who is associate professor and chair of the Department of Human Nutrition and Hospitality Management at UA, led an international workgroup to develop the dietary guideline for a bioactive food compound known as flavan-3-ols. The dietary recommendation is the first for a compound not related to correcting deficiencies but to promoting health and wellness.
“Flavan-3-ols, abundantly present in tea, apples, pears, berries and chocolate or cocoa products, have cardiovascular and metabolic health benefits,” Crowe-White said. “Increasing consumption to 400 to 600 milligrams of dietary flavan-3-ols per day may help improve blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar. Practically speaking, a combination of these foods allows for intake in the recommended range to optimize cardiometabolic health.”
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