Features of baked apples
Like tomatoes, apples do not lose during heat treatment, like other vegetables and fruits, but, on the contrary, acquire useful properties. The apple fruits, which are already saturated with nutrients, are enriched with new gastronomic and healing qualities during baking. Read more about baked apples later in the article.
|Vitamins:||Micro and macro elements:|
|ascorbic acid (C)||iron|
|nicotinic acid (B3)||manganese|
|folic acid (B9)||cobalt|
The apple fruit is also famous for the presence of pectins, which are polysaccharides, which, rightfully called the orderlies of the body, effectively cleanse the body of poisons and harmful substances, leaving the beneficial intestinal microflora intact.
Nutritional value or calorie content
A thermally processed apple is caloric than fresh, though not very much: an average of 58 kcal per 100 grams of product without sugar and honey, as well as without other additives.
With the addition of sugar, the calorie content of baked apple fruit increases to 100 kcal. The evaporation of water during the baking process of the fruit slightly affects the content of fats and proteins in it, but significantly increases the concentration of carbohydrates.
The level of BJU in the total 100 g of baked product is:
- proteins - 0.5 g;
- fats - 0.4 g;
- carbohydrates - 20 g.
What are baked apples good for?
In addition to well-absorbing dietary fiber, which beneficially affects the activity of the gastrointestinal tract, and effectively cleanses the body of pectins, this product with its nutrients has a beneficial effect on the functioning of the cardiovascular system, participating in the processes of hematopoiesis, blood circulation and blood circulation.
Important! In the process of numerous clinical trials, doctors have reliably established that daily consumption of 2 baked apples for a month can reduce the likelihood of a stroke by a third.
For a child
Already from six months of age, a baby can be fed mashed potatoes from the discussed product, since there is nothing harmful to the baby in it. In addition to many valuable substances useful for digestion and strengthening the immune system, baked apples give the baby an undoubted taste pleasure.
Moreover, with poisoning quite common in infants, this product is able to effectively combat the intoxication of the child's body. And it helps strengthen the muscles and bones of the child, helps fight viral infections and harmful bacteria.
- The benefits of consuming heat-treated apples by adults are manifold:
- The product is able to effectively prevent the development of dysbiosis in the intestine, thereby improving the digestive process.
- A high concentration of iron and potassium has a beneficial effect on the process of hematopoiesis, significantly improving the composition of the blood.
- A well-balanced composition of nutrients in a baked apple fruit significantly strengthens the immune system of the human body.
- The insignificant, but still noticeable diuretic properties of the product allow you to gently cleanse the kidneys, which is important for kidney damage.
- These baked fruits are able to slow down the inflammatory processes in pancreatitis and cholecystitis.
- The already mentioned pectin stimulates the elimination of toxins and poisons from the body.
- The solid presence of potassium in the product strengthens the heart muscle and the walls of the blood vessels.
- The beneficial effect of baked apples on the functioning of the liver is noted.
- Many nutrients contained in this product act as effective antioxidants that inhibit the appearance of free radicals and, accordingly, the aging of the body.
- With the regular use of these thermally processed fruits, the condition of the skin improves markedly.
- Product stimulation of metabolic processes allows you to get rid of excess weight.
Did you know? It would take 27 years for a person who dared to taste 1 sort of apples daily, since over 10 thousand of these varieties are now bred on Earth
For a nursing mom
Being a hypoallergenic product, baked apple fruits allow a lactating woman to actively fill her body with vitamins and minerals already in the first days after giving birth. Without directly affecting lactation, apples through milk contribute to the digestive process in babies, thereby positively affecting their well-being. In addition, the product under discussion eliminates the imbalance that has formed in the woman’s body after childbirth, and also relieves her of swelling on her face.
The presence of a low glycemic index allows diabetics to maintain optimal blood sugar levels with regular use of the product in question. For patients who care about how many bread units are in the product, the presence of only 1.1 XE per 100 g of baked apples is a positive factor.
The presence of fructose in these fruits, as well as pectins that cleanse the blood and optimize the level of insulin in it, makes this product very popular for diabetic problems in the body.
All types of pancreatitis allow the use of baked apple fruits if the following conditions are met:
- When baking, only sweet fruits are used.
- During an exacerbation of the disease, the use of dessert is carried out a week after its onset.
- In the period of exacerbation of the chronic stage of the disease, peel consumption is excluded.
Optimization of the gastrointestinal tract, which leads to the use of apple dessert, ultimately has a beneficial effect on the functioning of the pancreas.
For intestines and stomach ulcers
The value of baked apples for people suffering from a stomach ulcer is that when using this dessert, the stomach produces a minimum amount of gastric juice for the digestion process with the maximum absorption of nutrients. And the presence of pectin, as already mentioned, effectively cleanses the intestines from poisons and toxins, leaving the beneficial microflora intact.
How much per day
Even a product so useful for human health requires a certain moderation in its use. Doctors recommend an adult healthy person to eat no more than 3 apples per day. A half-apple for several days is enough for two-year-olds, and it will be useful for 5–10-year-old children to eat 1 pc. in a couple of days.
Important! If a person sits on an apple diet consisting exclusively of baked fruit, then his use should be accompanied by a plentiful drink.
Winter storage and storage
The best apple varieties for baking are those whose fruits darken when cut. The most popular among them are Simirenko and Antonovka. During the winter, apples are stored in a cellar or cellar with good ventilation at temperatures from 0 ° C to + 5 ° C and humidity up to 95%.
The best preservation of fruits is provided by wooden or cardboard boxes, special containers and racks. It is preferable to isolate the fruit from each other with the help of sawdust and paper wrapping. At the same time, apples should not be stored next to other fruits or vegetables, especially potatoes, since they negatively affect each other.
Cooking Methods for Baked Apples
This dessert is equally successfully prepared using various heating devices.
Cooking in the oven
When preparing the product in the oven, the apple is cut into 2 halves, each of which is freed from the core. In the resulting recess, you can add sugar or honey and cinnamon. The oven is heated to 200 ° C, in which the fruit is baked for a third of an hour.
Video: baked apples with nuts and raisins
In the finished dessert, depending on personal preferences, you can add:
- candied fruit;
- dried apricots;
In this heating device, the baking process is much faster. Previously, the middle is removed from the fruit so that on the other hand another hole is not formed.
Honey is poured into the resulting recess, after which the fruit is baked in the microwave, which is turned on at full power, for 5 minutes.
Video: baked apples in the microwave
Cooking in a slow cooker
This most modern way of baking requires the use of apples with a hard peel. This requirement is due to the ability of fruits with soft peels to turn into porridge in a slow cooker. After carefully removing the core from the fruit, sugar or honey is added to the resulting notch.
If desired, you can put cottage cheese in the same place, grated in a blender with nuts and cinnamon. Bake apples in a slow cooker for about 40 minutes. adjusted for the hardness of the peel in the direction of increasing this time or decreasing it.
Did you know? Every second fruit tree grown on the planet is an apple tree.