A few weeks ago my mom, my husband, and I went apple picking. We have had apples apples everywhere in the house, and we’ve been eating them and baking with them. But, we still had TONS of apples left. So, what to do? Make homemade apple sauce of course!
Making homemade apple sauce is really easy and not only does it taste better than anything you can find in the store, but it’s also fresher and healthier. When you make homemade apple sauce you decide how much or how little sugar you want to add. Remember, apples already contain natural sugars. So if apples contain natural sugars, how does this make apples healthy? How can fruits play a healthy role in your diet? We can look at this from a paleo perspective:
“All types of fruit are paleo because they are natural, unprocessed foods that have a lot of health benefits to offer, including disease-fighting antioxidants, vitamins, fiber, and phytonutrients.
The exact health benefits that a particular fruit provides depends on the fruit in question. For example, berries are very high in antioxidants, while apples are high in a special type of phytonutrients called pectin. Bananas are high in potassium. This is why it’s a good idea to eat a range of fruits. This way, you make sure you take advantage of the full range of benefits on offer.
Generally, all types of fruit contain antioxidants, which means they can fight free radicals in the body. Free radicals are harmful substances that we all produce naturally. Antioxidants help ward off the ageing process and decrease our chance of developing chronic diseases like cancer, brain disease, and autoimmune diseases.
All fruit naturally contains sugar and carbohydrates, so there is some debate as to how much fruit is beneficial and at what point the high amounts of sugar start to become an issue.
Fructose is the primary type of sugar present in fruit and the body is not able to use fructose as well as it is able to use glucose. Fructose, when eaten in large quantities, can be stored as fat more easily than glucose can. Fruit is still paleo even though it contains fructose because fruit also contains fiber. This helps to slow the absorption of fructose (sugar) into the blood stream and make it easier for our bodies to metabolize it. So, while the amount of fruit you eat is important and something to keep in mind, generally speaking, fruit is good for you and it’s definitely paleo.”
I don’t follow a strict paleo diet, and I don’t like the word diet, but I like how the above example shows how fruits can be healthy for you and provide you with vitamins and minerals that you body needs to function properly. You just need to be aware that fruits do have natural sugars and need to be eaten in moderation. Whether it’s natural sugar or refined sugar, overall too much sugar is not good.
For this reason, and because we rarely eat refined sugars, my husband and I decided to not add any sugar to our homemade applesauce. Instead, we just added cinnamon and yum! It is delicious!
Did you go apple picking this year? Do you have a ton of apples in the house? Well, get ready to make some healthy, homemade apple sauce!
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