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Natural Health Benefits of Apples & Our Favorite Apple Recipes!

Apple Health Benefits

If you are familiar with The Gerson Therapy, then you are certainly aware of the link between food and disease – and food’s ability to help heal disease. It should be no surprise to you, then, to learn about the natural health benefits of apples. In fact, according to a Cornell University review, studies have linked the consumption of apples with reduced risk of some cancers, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and diabetes. Studies have shown that apples have been found to have very strong antioxidant activity, decrease lipid oxidation, and lower cholesterol. Some studies have even found that they not only kill cancer cells, but also inhibit their spread.

These little fruits are packed with nutrients. The peels alone have at least 12 anti-cancer nutrients and also contain potent antioxidant and antiproliferative (inhibits cell growth) activities. It seems, an apple a day (at least an organic one), may indeed keep the doctor away.

While eating an apple raw every day is great, sometimes you may want to mix it up. Below are a few recipes that include apples from the Healing the Gerson Way book, as well as some additional recipe links.

One thing to keep in mind is that all the ingredients for the recipes need to be organically grown.  If you use apples that are not organically grown, you will get pesticides, many of them used for cosmetic purposes only, and reduced nutrient content.  This is true of virtually all ingredients in the recipes, which will reduce the nutritional benefits you would normally obtain.

Apple and Carrot Salad
Prep: 15 Minutes | Serves 2

1 small crisp red apple
1 large carrot
1 green onion
1 radish, sliced
apple juice
mint
mixed color salad leaves

Grate the apple and carrot into a dish and add a chopped green onion and a sliced radish. Pour a little apple juice over the mixture and sprinkle with mint. Serve on a bed of mixed colored salad leaves such as, radicchio, watercress or parsley.

Colorful Winter Salad
Prep: 20 Minutes | Serves 4-6

3 tart eating apples
lemon juice
3/4 medium-sized red cabbage
1 medium carrot
1/2 medium red bell pepper
2 sticks celery
1/2 red onion
watercress

Core and roughly chop the apples and mix with lemon juice in a small bowl. Core and finely shred the red cabbage. Peel and grate the carrot. (This is the only time to peel carrots. If they are grated with their skins on, they tend to turn brown.) Seed and chop the red pepper. Slice the celery. Peel and chop the red onion. Put all the above ingredients into a large bowl. Garnish with watercress.

Variations: Serve with cottage cheese (unsalted and uncreamed or fat-free) and your favorite dressing.

Fruited Red Cabbage
Prep: 10 mins + soaking time | Serves 2

4 oz. raisins
4 oz. dried apricots, chopped
1 small red cabbage
2 dessert apples, cored and chopped
apple cider vinegar
a little sugar

Presoak the raisins and apricots (soak overnight in cold water, or pour boiling water over them and leave for a couple of hours until plump). Shred the red cabbage and sweat in a little water until slightly softened. Add raisins, chopped apricots and cored, chopped dessert apples. Toss in apple cider vinegar, to which a little water and sugar have been added. Pile into a bowl and serve with a baked potato.

Sweet Potato and Apple Bake
Prep 15 mins | Serves 2

8 oz. sweet potatoes
2 eating apples, sliced
a little water
a little sugar
allspice (optional)

Cook the sweet potatoes gently in their skins until just cooked. Allow to cool. Slice and put into a baking dish and alternating with layers of apple. Over each layer, sprinkle some water and a little sugar (and allspice, if using). Bake at 300-350 degrees F covered for 20 minutes, then remove cover and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Serve as a main dish with a salad (if omitting the allspice) or as a dessert (if using the allspice).

 

Additional Apple Recipes

 

For even more recipe ideas, check out The Gerson Therapy Recipe Book in our store.