New Apple Varieties Increase the Risk of Allergies

European colonists first bought apples to North America during the 17th century. There are more than 7,500 varieties grown worldwide.
While apples are delicious and full of nutrients, they can also cause allergic reactions in some people. Just minutes after consumption you will begin to notice tingling, swelling, and itching in the mouth, lips, and throat; shortness of breath; and diarrhea, stomach discomfort and cramps.
An apple allergy is often occurs when an apple’s polyphenol levels are too low. Polyphenols are a type of antioxidant found in plants that combine with the allergy-triggering proteins in the apple, and this makes the apple much more tolerable for consumption. Polyphenols also help combat free radicals. Types of polyphenols in apples include quercetin, chlorogenic acid, catechin, and phlorizin
Old apple varieties often contain significantly more polyphenols than the newer varieties. Polyphenols give apples a sour taste and become brown quickly when you cut them are bite into them. As a result, these characteristics, along with the polyphenols were taken out of the newer varieties. Now, the newer varieties of apple are sweeter and fail to brown as quickly; however, they also trigger allergic reaction much faster.

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Note: Most proteins are found in the flesh of the apple skin and change when heated. As a result, those with an apple allergy should peel and boil the apple before consumption. For instance, apple sauce is mostly considered allergen-free.

Avoid certain new types of apples, including:
● Ambrosia
● Elstar
● Jonagold
● Honey Crisp
● Sunrise
● Golden Delicious

Instead, choose the older variety of apple. In addition to important vitamins, mineral, and polyphenols, the older varieties contain more fiber, including pectin and cellulose. During digestion, these fibers bind to heavy metals, cholesterol, and other waste products, and excrete them from the body. Another benefit of older apple varieties is they contain more vitamin C than the newer varieties. At the same time, imported older apples have less vitamin C than older varieties from a local orchard. Food loses its nutritional value the longer it has to travel.

The following are some older varieties you should purchase:
● Red Delicious
● Empire
● McIntosh
● Jonathan
● Granny Smith
● Braeburn
● Royal Gala
● Northern Spy
● Shamrock
● Grimes Golden
● Idared
● Jersey Mac
● Paula Red
● Spartan

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Meal Preparation & Clean Eating!

Meal prep and clean eating are easy with your Metabolic Balance plan. Simply pack your daily power lunch box with vegetables from your plan and one portion of protein. Plus an apple of course! Ready – Steady – Go!

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An Organic Apple is a Class of it’s Own!

Did you know that an apple contains more than a million bacteria? Say … what?

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This was recently discovered by scientists at the Graz University of Technology in Austria. The researchers found that eating apples is not only healthy for us because of the abundance of enzymes, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and other wonderful plant substances. We also get a great health boost to our gut flora from the different, beneficial bacteria found in an apple. Good bacteria is especially found in the core, the seeds and the pulp – less so on the peel, as one might think. In a recent study, it was also investigated whether there is a difference between apples from conventional cultivation and organic apples. The result was clear: The organic apples had much more diverse bacterial communities. In the case of organic apples, the pulp in particular showed the highest microbial diversity. The basic role of the pulp is to protect the seeds in the core and to enable their distribution for the successful propagation of the apple tree. A possible outcome of this study suggested it could be that the bacterial diversity in organic apples is similar to the effects of apple polyphenols on human health. Apple polyphenols are known not only to relieve allergic symptoms, but also to promote the growth of good bacteria such as lactobacillus and bifidobacterium in our digestive tract.

Mandelade – Almond Sunflower Seed Mix

Did you know that you can also bake with our popular Mandelade (almond-sunflower seed-mix)?

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Try these wonderful almond muffins:

Ingredients:
You need (1 serving):

30 g almonds
10 g sunflower seeds
1 apple
cinnamon

Preparation:
Soak almonds and sunflower seeds overnight in water. Drain the almonds and sunflower seeds and puree with a little water. Add a grated apple and fill the mixture into a muffin form. Bake in preheated oven at approx. 200*C / 395*F for 15 minutes, allow to cool.  Garnish with a pinch of cinnamon. Enjoy!

Roast Beef Broccoli Pan

One of our rules is “eat an apple a day”. It is not necessary to just eat the apple by itself or as a dessert. It also adds flavor in savory dishes. For example, try it in this delicious roast beef broccoli pan.

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You need:
1 serving roast beef
1 serving broccoli
1 serving wholemeal rye bread
1 apple
salt & pepper

Clean and wash broccoli and divide into florets. Bring to the boil in a saucepan about 2 cups of salted water. Add the florets and cook covered for about eight minutes. Drain in a sieve.
Remove the seeds from the apple, cut into eighths and chop finely. Cut the roast beef into wide strips of 1 cm (1/2″) and add to the pan, with the broccoli and apple. Season with salt and pepper and fry for two minutes.
Arrange everything on the bread and enjoy!