Dried apples are a nutritious, versatile snack, convenient for the office, hiking trails, and taking the edge off your hunger before dinner. But they could be much more than that, as a new study suggests dried apples may help reduce cholesterol in postmenopausal women.

Dried apples seems to have a positive effect on lowering cardiovascular risk factors, including C-reactive protein and lipid hydroperoxide. C-reactive protein causes inflammation while lipid hydroperoxide causes oxidative damage to the cells. Dried apples offer a number of other health benefits. One cup of dried apples (86 gr) provides about 209 calories, 7 gr of fiber (30% of your daily needs), 11% potassium, 7% iron, and 0% fat. Dried apples also are very low on the glycemic index (26), which is important for people with diabetes.