Ask your doctor, your mom, and a stranger on the street if apples are healthy for you and you'll get the same answer. Absolutely. In fact most people would look at you a little weird if you questioned it. Don't they say, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”?
Apples are encouraged in weight loss plans; Weight Watchers claims apples are “free”. And I've read more than one article encouraging you to eat three apples a day — one before each meal to “fill you up”. There's even apple detox programs where you eat nothing but apples for days!
As moms we're ecstatic when our kids ask for an apple as an afternoon treat instead of a cookie or a Little Debbie snack. Oh, if only grandma could hear them! Friends look at our little Red-Delicious-crunching-angels and wonder why their children can't be like ours. Rise, oh, mothers of apple-eaters and wave at the crowds!
I hate to make your fantasy world come to a screeching halt, but here goes…
Apples Aren't All They're Cracked Up to Be
Let me begin by saying I'm not going to tell you that apples aren't healthy. They contain antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. But they're still not always the best choice in certain situations.
What I mean is that given your normal SAD (Standard American Diet), then by all means apples are a good alternative to processed snacks and candy, but sometimes you find yourself still fighting health issues that actually discourage the eating of apples.
When Apples Aren't Good For You
I can still remember my husband's face when he found out he shouldn't be eating apples — actually it was all fruit in general. “You've gotta be kidding me! Fruit is healthy!”
We'd just found out he had a commonly misdiagnosed problem called candida. This normally docile yeast-like fungus — which 90% of people have in their gut — grows out of control from a variety of reasons: antibiotics, a poor immune system, exposure to chemicals and pesticides/herbicides… and sugar.
Candida and Sugar
You see, candida likes sugar. A lot. And it could care less if it’s organic sugar, raw, honey, white sugar, or corn syrup. Any kind of sugar makes it do the happy dance. Including natural sugars found in fruit.
So, one of the best ways to get your candida under control is: not to eat anything with sugar. At least for a time.
After a few weeks, you can slowly start introducing a few fruits like avocados, blueberries, coconut, and green apples. Why green specifically? Because green apples tend to be more tart, which means less sugar.
But it's not only sugar content that determines whether a fruit can be eaten. Consider this:
“When it comes to candida, the fruit/sugar debate pops up time and again. It is not necessarily the sugar content that is the deciding factor, there are other reasons that determine the fruit included in the diet of a candida patient — especially one that absolutely craves fruit.
One of the most overlooked factors is clinical experience. Once you have seen a lot of patients with candida issues, you soon work out, for example, that green (Granny Smith) apples seem to be OK with the majority, but in saying that — we are talking one apple, and not 5 or 6 a day. Many candida patients can have a tendency to be extreme in their dietary habits — it's what got many there in the first place.
The stronger the craving, the more the need to avoid that craving.” –Dr. Eric Bakker, ND (author of Candida Crusher)
So, if staying away from apples is in your future, don't fret. Eventually, when your candida is under control, you can eat green apples again. And then you can enjoy one of my favorite candida desserts: apple pie!
(recipe used with permission from The Sweeter Side of Candida)
You’re The Apple of My Pie
This recipe is from my brand-new eBook, The Sweeter Side of Candida. Just below the recipe, look for more information about my new book.
- 3 cups blanched almond flour
- 8 tablespoons cold butter OR cold coconut oil
- stevia to taste
- pinch of salt
- 6 Granny Smith apples, cored, peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch thick slices
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon butter, cut into pieces
- stevia to taste
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the crust ingredients with a pastry cutter or give it a whiz in a food processor. At first it will seem dry, but eventually it will come together until you can form it into a ball.
- Divide the pie crust dough in half. Press one of the halves into the pie plate. Roll out the other half between two sheets of lightly greased wax paper. Remove the top piece of wax paper. Set pie crust aside.
- For the filling: In a medium mixing bowl, combine apples, lemon juice, arrowroot powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- Add stevia to taste — a little at a time until just a bit too sweet (the sweetness dulls when baking).
- Pour filling into unbaked pie crust. Cut up the butter into pieces and lay randomly over filling.
- Carefully lay the rolled out pie crust on top of the filling and gently peel back the wax paper. Seal edges and flute. Place pie cover over edges or cover edges with foil to prevent burning. Lightly lay a sheet of foil overtop the pie crust.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, remove sheet of foil, and bake 45 minutes longer.
- Serve warm with Whipped Coconut Cream (recipe found in The Sweeter Side of Candida) or refrigerate until later. Store leftover slices in refrigerator.
NEW eBook: The Sweeter Side of Candida
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