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Healing Foods - "Apples"

Available in many varieties, juicy, crunchy apples have been praised for their health benefits. They are high in pectin, a fiber, and slow-release sugars that help to improve heart health and regulate the body's blood sugar levels.  They contain many important vitamins and minerals that promote, among other things, strong, healthy bones. In summary, apples

  • help balance blood sugar levels

  • tackles diarrhea and constipation

  • help strengthen bones, and

  • help lower cholesterol

How to get the best from an Apple?

Use the whole fruit - Every part is edible.  Supermarkets coat apples with wax to give a shine and keep them fresh over long periods, so always wash before eating. Go Organic and Local - Buy organic, and from sources as local as possible, for the freshest fruit without chemical contamination. Keep the Skin On - peeling can remove more than half an apple's fiber, vitamin C, and iron.

How to Use Apples?

Grate 1 apple and allow to brown slightly to release the juices, making it easier to digest.  Take 1-2 large spoonfuls every hour as needed.

Bake - core large apples, stuff with nuts, dried fruit, and spices, such as cinnamon, and bake at 350ºF (180ºC) until soft.

Remember, the food we eat has an overreaching effect on our health and well-being.  Try to always eat with the seasons and add colorful variations.

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