Whether you eat apples as a snack, chop them into salads, make a lovely apple crumble or perhaps stewed apples, bobbing apples, or even using them to sweeten soups especially bitter roots. They really do have lots of health benefitting properties that go with them.
Unfortunately, if you are at this moment in time following a low FODMAP diet then apples are off limits – bit of a shame – but whether you eat them raw or cooked try eating carrots instead for they too also have lots of equal health benefitting properties.
Anyway back to apples…. Apples are wholesome, whether you are eating them straight from the tree or using them to naturally sweeten food or perhaps even waiting for them to turn into a nutritious vinegar – warts and all. Maybe not the ‘warts’ part but the sediment that is found in vinegar is known as the mother and is highly nutritious as well as has many health benefiting properties.
Apples are in season during Autumn, I think russet apples are my favourite but you have to catch them quick for they go past the crisp stage quite quickly. Or perhaps you like you apples in a more liquid form? Have you sought out a local cider maker? Who also has apple cider vinegar with the mother? I highly recommend you do so!
The fiber found within apples is known as pectin. This fiber is able to lower cholesterol levels, stabilize blood sugar, and help ward off diabetes and insulin resistance. As with most high-fiber foods, the pectin in apples also helps to fill you up, making you feel fuller for longer and discouraging overeating, hence why opting for an apple in the mid-afternoon or mid-morning is a filling snack.
Another powerful compound in apples is the flavonoid quercetin. This antioxidant is found particularly concentrated in apple peels, where it gives the apple its rich colour. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory and a natural antihistamine, if you happen to feel like your body is trying to tell you something maybe start with eating an apple rather than reaching for pill packets. Using Mother Nature more will help you to be able to understand what you body is trying to communicate to you.
Water-soluble polyphenols are often found in apples as well. These are another form of powerful antioxidants with numerous benefits.
Did anyone watch “Trust me, I’m a Doctor”?
I was surprised to find the programme reporting positive results for using apple cider vinegar!
One group took 2 tablespoons of dilute ACV before two main meals a day, over 8 weeks; the results came in with 10% reduction in cholesterol!
Another small study showed that ACV can reduce the amount of sugar released into the blood after eating a large amount of carbohydrates. Beneficial for those who struggle with blood sugar levels and type 2 diabetes.
Apple cider vinegar with the mother is simply unrefined, unpasteurized and unfiltered ACV. The “mother” is a colony of beneficial bacteria, similar to a Kombucha SCOBY, that helps create vinegar through a secondary fermentation process.
Apple Cider Vinegar dissolves uric acid in the body, aiding joint mobility. Just add one to two cups to a warm/hot bath and have a soak for up to 30 minutes, ensuring you drink plenty of water before and afterwards.
Due to its antiseptic properties, Apple Cider Vinegar makes a wonderful remedy for bad breath or halitosis. If you suffer from acid reflux or heartburn, a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar sorts it out very quickly! ACV aids the breakdown of food in the stomach and it is a natural and effective way to aid digestion.
Apple cider vinegar is known to kick metabolism into overdrive! An effective fat burner, it helps reduce overeating (allows you to recognise when you are full, quicker), speeds up the body’s metabolic rate and helps alkalise the body…For results, one to two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water should be consumed before each meal.
1/2 lemon juiced
1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar (with the Mother)
Top glass up with sparkling water
Simply swap it out for any vinegars you currently have at home, make the conversion to just Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother. From salad dressings to good bacteria for a healthy gut Apple Cider Vinegar is a great place to start.