When you were a kid, I’m sure you heard the old Welsh proverb, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” That saying becomes especially timely as we grow older. An Oxford University study claims that if you start eating apples every day after you’re over 50, it’s just as good as taking a heart pill, (statin) and that eating more fruit prevents over 8,500 heart attacks per year.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want to encourage you to disobey your doctor’s orders and go off your meds. That would be dumb and dangerous. However, if you’re not at the point of needing heart pills, or you’re taking them and want to feel better, then start eating more apples.
For this Ayurvedic Stewed Apples recipe, I used Honey Crisp apples but you can use Fiji, Granny Smith (for more tart) or any apple you prefer.
Why you should eat stewed apples every day to keep the doctor away
A Florida State study found that women 45 – 65, who started eating an apple a day, experienced a 23 percent drop in levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) and a 4% increase in good cholesterol (HDL) after 6 months. Apples and pears were also found to prevent stroke, according to Dutch researchers, in an article written in the American Heart Association Journal.
The pectin and polyphenols in apples boost metabolism and reduce the production of molecules that cause inflammation. Plus; apples are loaded with fiber!
A friend of mine, who is an Ayurvedic practitioner, told me that I should simmer an apple or pear for 20 minutes every morning and eat it 1 hour before breakfast. The reason being; you’ve just woken up and your tummy isn’t ready for a full-on meal. Eating a simmered apple breaks your fast gently.
According to Ayurveda, a system of Hindu traditional medicine, a cooked apple is what actually keeps the doctor away as opposed to a raw one because it’s warm and soft like soup. The fiber in the simmered apple or pear aids your digestion to cleanse your system and eliminates impurities.
This Ayurvedic stewed apples recipe includes aromatic spices with Ayurvedic health benefits of their own.
- 1 organic apple (whatever variety you like)
- 1 Tbsp organic raisins
- Pinch of clove
- Pinch of nutmeg
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp cardamom
- water to just cover the apples in a small saucepan
- Peel the apple or pear and chop it into small pieces.
- Place the fruit is a small saucepan and add the water.
- Add the raisins and spices.
- Bring it to a boil and then simmer it on low.
- Cook it for about 20 minutes until the fruit is very tender.
- Remove the apples and place them on a serving dish.
- Use the remaining liquid as a tea.