There’s a very wise old saying that our Grannie’s used to say,
‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ but is there any truth in it? Well, like
much of the wisdom passed from one generation to the next, there
most certainly is and this little nugget packs a powerful nutritional
Our recipe today couldn’t be simpler…..good old fashioned stewed
apple. There’s nothing more comforting or delicious on a cool autumn day. You
can of course buy Bramley cooking apples ( any apples will do) in the supermarket but ask around at Farmer’s markets as there are other sweeter varieties available. Also, if you know friends or relatives have an apple tree
and don’t ever harvest it (what a crime against nature!) then ask them if you
could pick their fruits. You could always give them a ready -made desert in exchange!
Now to those appleicious benefits……
Apples it seems are cancer protective, cardio protective and can
help prevent diabetes and other chronic illness. This is because of the high
antioxidants in apples. In particular, antioxidants known as FLAVINOIDS are key
to this protective ability of apples. In addition, researchers have found that
the fructose in apples increases uric acid production which enhances the
Vitamic C, another important antioxidant is provided for in
abundance and researchers at Harvard Medical School advise that just one apple
gives us 11% of our daily requirement. And then there’s the fibre and we know
how important that is for digestion. Leave the skin on and there’s even more!
Since Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease are on the
increase we need to take heed of Grannie’s message as not only can polyphenols
help regulate blood sugar, eating just one apple a day can reduce total
cholesterol and LDL!
The good news is that the Nutritional Value does not reduce
greatly on cooking and if you have a sensitive tummy and can’t tolerate a raw
apple, cooking in a variety of ways can aid digestibility.
How to prepare…..ideally organic and with the skin on. If not, rinse for 15 seconds
while scrubbing skin to remove pesticide residue.
```6 Bramley cooking apples (or apples of choice preferably grown organically)
1/2 cup water
2 tsp. cinnamon
Peel and core the apples and chop them into small evenly sized
Put all the ingredients in a covered, heavy-bottomed pan and
cook for about 15 minutes, stirring regularly. Cook until soft with rough
shapes, no longer identifiable as apple slices. The colour should be a russet
brown with the cinnamon effect.
Eve obviously knew what she was doing when she reached for that
According to Norse mythology a magic apple can keep us young
forever and I think you can see why! Well, I’m not taking any chances…..Make ‘an
apple a day’ an essential part of your health insurance!
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