The humble apple was one of the favourite remedies of Hippocrates, the Greek physician considered the father of medicine. Its vitamin C content boosts immunity and it’s a great source of other vitamins and minerals.
One of the main reasons an apple or two a day keeps the doctor away is its high fibre content. Apples get the bowels moving and prevent constipation – they are particularly high in the soluble fibre pectin which adds bulk and ‘hoovers up’ excess cholesterol and heavy metals such as lead and mercury.
Pectin also slows down digestion and reduces the speed of glucose absorption, making it an ideal snack for people with blood sugar problems. Additionally, fibre such as pectin encourages the growth of “friendly” bacteria in the digestive tract.
Stewing apples are a great way of using up your apples and enjoying a tasty breakfast, snack or dessert.