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Carolisa's Cholesterol Busting Crunch?

Five minute apple dessert is worth lingering over.

Per person:

1 large apple
1/8 cup raisins
2 tablespoons of crunchy, all natural peanut butter

358 calories 8 grams protein 35 percent fat

This is a delightful dessert by Carolisa Pomerantz, the associate producer of the anti-aging documentaryReverse Aging Now,” that takes just a moment to prepare. Before cooking dinner, chill good tasting apples. The best choices are either Fuji or the seasonal Honey Crisp. Just prior to serving them, wash, core and slice unpeeled, fanning the slices on dessert plates.

Top the apples with crunchy peanut butter. It's important to make sure that this is a peanut butter with just one ingredient on the label: peanuts. If you don't have high blood pressure, it's okay to spread peanut butter made with salt. Too often store brands are filed with unhealthy trans fats. Avoid hydrogenated fat because it both lowers the good cholesterol and increases the bad.

As a final touch, sprinkle the raisins over the peanut butter. The contrast in textures, sweetness and temperature makes this deceptively simple dessert a real treat.

Although more than a third of the calories come from fats, these are plant fats, mostly monounsaturated, shown to have hand in lowering LDL cholesterol, the bad kind. Peanut butter also contains polyunsaturated fats, which help raise the good, HDL cholesterol. Peanuts also have iron, zinc, magnesium and are some of the few food sources of vitamin D.

Rich in fiber like raisins, the apples lower cholesterol with pectin, a complex carbohydrate and soluble fiber that can also help with digestion. Apples also have polyphenols, plant compounds that complement the action of the pectin and can help prevent spikes in blood sugar. Don't peel the fruit. The skin is rich in fiber and very nutritious.

Since raisins are dried grapes, you get all their health benefit in a concentrated package. They are high in fructose and glucose, making them the sweetest part of the dessert and a good source for quick energy. Since they partially reconstitute in the stomach, they can ease digestion. Raisins also contain oleanolic acid, which protects against tooth decay. They're a good source for calcium essential for bone strength. Finally, these dried grapes also have polyphenols including resveratrol, the much touted anti-aging molecule found in wine although tests have shown that in raisins resveratrol levels varied widely, making red wine a more dependable source.

Easy to make, tasty, healthy, and inexpensive; what's not to like about Carolisa's Cholesterol Busting Crunch?

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