Consuming apples and pears could reduce the risk of heart disease, new research supported by the American Heart Association has found.

In a study of 34,000 women, consumption of flavanoid-rich apples and pears were found to decrease the risk of mortality for coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease among post-menopausal women.
 
Using a government database that assesses the flavonoid content of foods, the researchers posited that flavonoid intake might be inversely associated with mortality from CVD and CHD.

"Dietary intakes of flavanones, anthocyanins, and certain foods rich in flavonoids were associated with reduced risk of death due to CHD, CVD and all causes," researchers concluded.

The AHA said that it is encouraging women of all ages to up their intake of apples, apple products, pears and foods made using pears.