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A new study in the European Journal of Nutrition suggests that apples, but not apple juice, can help improve your cholesterol profile. After eating about two and-a-half large apples a day for four weeks, study participants experienced a 7% and 6% dip, respectively, in their LDL (bad) and total cholesterol levels. But when they switched to apple juice (two cups a day), the same markers increased by 7% and 5%. Processing strips away the apples’ fibre, which can bind to the cholesterol and carry it out of your body, according to the study authors.