Apples and Health: One a Day Keeps the Doctor Away,
More Than One May Be Even Better

  Cholesterol-lowering drugs have become big business for the pharmaceutical industry. But ads touting the products usually add a disclaimer-taking the drugs achieves good results "when combined with a low-fat diet." So the low-fat diet appears to be an essential part of the therapy. Here's another way to lower cholesterol, and it's much tastier and less expensive than drugs: Eat more apples.

  Apple-Cabbage Salad (Low Fat, Low Sodium)


1/2 cup vanilla low fat yogurt

2 tablespoons low fat mayonnaise

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons celery seeds

3 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard

3 cups shredded green cabbage

1 cup julienne-cut, peeled jicama (1 1/2 x 1/4-inch pieces)

4 cups diced red Michigan Apples

1. Combine yogurt, mayonnaise, salt, celery seeds, honey and         mustard. Set aside.

2. In large mixing bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Add yogurt mixture, tossing until combined. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 servings.

Per serving, 1 cup: 90 Calories, 2 g Fat, 2 mg Cholesterol, 20 g Carbohydrates, 75 mg Sodium,
2 g Fiber.

Suggested Michigan Apple varieties to use: Empire, Gala, Ida Red, Jonagold, Jonathan, McIntosh, Red Delicious or Rome.

Variation: To omit jicama, add extra 1 cup shredded cabbage.

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