- Jennifer Roseman
Recipe: Stewed Apples
Two stewed apples a day can help heal the gut. Here's how:
Apple Pectin: People can use pectin for high cholesterol, high triglycerides, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The pectin in apples has prebiotic benefits. It increases butyrate, a short-chain fatty acid that feeds the beneficial gut bacteria and decreases the population of harmful bacteria Coconut Oil: Coconut oil contains both lauric acid and monolaurin which can kill harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi. Cinnamon: An anti-inflammatory spice that can help lower blood sugar and fight against bacterial and fungal infections. Ingredients: 4 red skinned apples (fuji, red delicious, etc.) 2 TBSPs of unrefined organic coconut oil 2 heaping tsps of organic ground cinnamon (ceylon cinnamon is preferred) 1/3 cup of water Directions: Cut up apples into small pieces and add to a large pot. Add water and cinnamon. Simmer on low with the lid on. Stir every 2-5 minutes for 10-15 minutes until the skin of the apples turn from red to brownish-red. Remove apples and water from the pot into a blender. Add coconut oil and blend until smooth. Enjoy warm or cool. You can mix it into smoothies, take medicinal spoonfuls throughout the day to help balance the gut microbiome, or enjoy as a delicious dessert alternative.