Health and Wellness: Amazing Uses of Apples

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Apples are delicious and nutritious.

Many people enjoy eating them raw.

However, cooking apples can bring out a unique flavor and increase their nutritional value.

Cooked apples can help alleviate various minor illnesses in daily life.

 

Steamed apples for relieving diarrhea:

Apples contain abundant tannic acid and pectin, with tannic acid serving as an intestinal astringent that can reduce intestinal secretion. Therefore, steamed apples can be helpful for physiological diarrhea and intestinal discomfort.

To steam apples, it is best to leave the skin on. When washing apples, rubbing the skin with salt is healthier. Try steaming and mashing the peeled and cored apples to some extent to achieve an anti-diarrheal effect.

Other benefits of cooked apples include:

  • Reducing internal body heat: Cooked apples can relieve symptoms of dry mouth, inflamed and swollen gums, constipation, restlessness, and insomnia caused by internal heat.
  • Regulating the digestive system: Heating apples softens dietary fiber and pectin, making them easier to consume without irritating the stomach and intestines. This is especially suitable for individuals with poor gastrointestinal function.
  • Promoting weight loss: Cooked apples contain abundant fruit acids that can promote metabolism and reduce fat accumulation. Low in calories and high in dietary fiber, they can increase satiety and are ideal for weight loss. Replace a regular meal with an apple every day, accompanied by vegetables and oats, for better results.

Eating ripe apples

Doubles antioxidant effects: Research shows that the content of polyphenols, natural antioxidants in apples, increases significantly after heating, assisting in lowering blood lipids, removing excess free radicals, and delaying aging.

Apples contain special substances such as tannic acid, pectin, and dietary fiber, which have a dual effect of relieving diarrhea and promoting bowel movements.

  • Raw apple pectin softens stools and, together with dietary fiber, helps relieve constipation. Cooked apple pectin not only has the ability to absorb bacteria and toxins but also has astringent and anti-diarrheal effects. Therefore, it is recommended for constipation patients to eat fresh apples (1-2 on an empty stomach in the morning and evening), while those with diarrhea can try eating cooked apples.
  • Additionally, ripe apples contain eight times the amount of iodine compared to bananas and thirteen times that of oranges, making them one of the best fruits for preventing goiter. Ripe apples also help prevent and treat symptoms of internal heat such as lip sores, inflamed gums, and tongue cracks.

Cooking method: Ingredients: Apples, raisins, water.

  1. Cut the apples into six to eight slices with the skin on and put them in a pot with cold water.
  2. When the water boils, remove the apples and eat them with the skin.
  3. Optionally, add a few raisins after the apples are cooked.

Reminder: It is best to eat steamed apples with the skin on. Studies have shown that apple skin has stronger antioxidant properties than the flesh, which can better assist in lowering blood lipids.

 

Pairing apples with pork

Lowers blood lipids, reduces blood pressure, and eliminates odor. Many people are accustomed to adding hawthorn when stewing meat, as it can lower blood lipids. However, hawthorn stimulates gastric acid secretion, making it unsuitable for individuals with gastric ulcers. Instead, try adding apples when stewing meat. This not only increases nutrition but also helps inhibit cholesterol elevation. Even those with poor digestion can eat it with confidence.

Why?

  • First, apples can inhibit the increase of blood lipids. Apple acids, dietary fiber, and pectin found in apples promote the conversion of cholesterol into bile acids, effectively lowering cholesterol levels and preventing excessive absorption of cholesterol when consuming meat.
  • Second, the fruity aroma of apples can eliminate the unique smell of pork.
  • Third, apples can lower blood pressure and protect cardiovascular and cerebrovascular health. Rich in potassium, apples can replace sodium in the blood and excrete it, thereby reducing high blood pressure and protecting against arteriosclerosis, coronary heart disease, and cerebrovascular diseases. They provide a “protective umbrella” for individuals with cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases who consume meat.

How to eat apples with pork

There are two methods:

  1. Apple and pork bone soup: A nutritious and delicious soup suitable for all ages, rich in protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamins, and other nutrients. Ingredients: 500g pork bones, 2 apples, 1 piece of ginger. Method: Blanch the pork bones, wash the apples, and cut them into pieces. Add an appropriate amount of water and a few slices of ginger to a pot. Bring to a boil over high heat, then simmer for about 2 hours until the pork bones are tender and the soup thickens.
  2. Apple meatballs: Suitable for the elderly, these meatballs can absorb the rich protein from pork while incorporating the pectin from apples, ensuring that plasma cholesterol does not rise. Ingredients: Half an apple, half a bowl of flour, 1 egg, pork. Method: Cut the apple into small pieces and mix it with flour, egg, and pork to make meatballs.

By changing the way we eat, we can double the effects. It is truly useful. Let’s try it ourselves and recommend it to friends!

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