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WSU STUDY: An apple a day could keep obesity away

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Granny Smith apples considered the best for fighting obesity Granny Smith apples considered the best for fighting obesity
PULLMAN, Wash. -

Do you like apples? Well, they could help you fight off obesity. How do you like them apples? Scientists at Washington State University found that apples, specifically Granny Smith apples, may prevent disorders associated with obesity. The study is thought to be the first to assess non-digestible compounds in apples.

So what makes the tart, green Granny Smith the right choice? Scientists say they benefit the growth of friendly bacteria in the colon due to their high content of fiber and low content of carbs. The compounds get past the chewing, the stomach acid and the digestive enzymes and remain mostly intact when they reach the colon. Once there, scientists say, they are fermented by bacteria in the colon. Granny Smith's actually helped change the proportions of fecal bacteria from obese mice to be similar to that of lean mice.

The study shows that Granny Smith apples are better for helping with this friendly bacteria growth than Braeburn, Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, McIntosh, and Red Delicious.

Scientists say the discovery could help prevent some of the disorders associated with obesity such as low-grade, chronic inflammation that can lead to diabetes.

You can read more about the study here: http://bit.ly/1uwUo1k.

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