Nutri Natters

Rita’s blog for lovers of real food

A gut reason to eat an apple a day

10th March 2020

Apples are powerhouse of nutrients and have been widely researched to show that they have a modulating effect on the immune system and can reduce inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. The addition of cinnamon and Manuka honey not only adds to the flavour, but boosts the beneficial effects of the apple. Cinnamon has been shown to even out blood sugar highs and lows, while Manuka is being studied for the treatment of antibiotic resistant organisms in the gut.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away

6 Bramley cooking apples (or apples of choice, preferably grown organically)
A few tablespoons of water
A small handful of raisins/sultanas
1 teaspoon of  cinnamon
A teaspoon of honey (optional – see note on Manuka honey above)

Peel and core the apples and chop them into small pieces.   Leave some of the skin on as it contains a high level of beneficial plant chemicals (antioxidants to support the immune system). Put all the ingredients into a  heavy-bottomed pan and cook for about 15 minutes, stirring regularly; add a splash of water if the apples start to stick to the pan.  Cook until soft but not too mushy.

This dish may be eaten warm, or cold. I suggest making up 5 or 6 small dishes of the apple mixture to put in the fridge and have some every day as a snack or after a meal.

Wishing you good gut health,