Pour some sugar on me…. or not! 🙂
The negative affects of a high sugar diet are well documented and so most of us will be only too aware that sugar free cooking is much better for our health. There are all sorts of health risks associated with the consumption of too much sugar, from the risk of morbid obesity and diabetes to tooth decay and hyperactivity in children.
To learn more about going sugar-free visit this site http://www.sugarfreelikeme.com/p/benefits-of-going-sugar-free.html
Below is a sugar free recipe to make your day appleicious!! Apples have natural sweeteners and when cooking, you don’t need sugar. Remember the saying: “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, but what exactly are the health benefits of apples? Here are ten reasons to heed the advice of that old proverb.
French researchers found that a flavanoid called phloridzin that is found only in apples may protect post-menopausal women from osteoporosis and may also increase bone density. Boron, another ingredient in apples, also strengthens bones.
One recent study shows that children with asthma who drank apple juice on a daily basis suffered from less wheezing than children who drank apple juice only once per month. Another study showed that children born to women who eat a lot of apples during pregnancy have lower rates of asthma than children whose mothers ate few apples.
A study on mice at Cornell University found that the quercetin in apples may protect brain cells from the kind of free radical damage that may lead to Alzheimer’s disease.
The pectin in apples lowers LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. People who eat two apples per day may lower their cholesterol by as much as 16 percent.
Lung Cancer Prevention
According to a study of 10,000 people, those who ate the most apples had a 50 percent lower risk of developing lung cancer. Researchers believe this is due to the high levels of the flavonoids quercetin and naringin in apples.
Breast Cancer Prevention
A Cornell University study found that rats who ate one apple per day reduced their risk of breast cancer by 17 percent. Rats fed three apples per day reduced their risk by 39 percent and those fed six apples per day reduced their risk by 44 percent.
Colon Cancer Prevention
One study found that rats fed an extract from apple skins had a 43 percent lower risk of colon cancer. Other research shows that the pectin in apples reduces the risk of colon cancer and helps maintain a healthy digestive tract.
Liver Cancer Prevention
Research found that rats fed an extract from apple skins had a 57 percent lower risk of liver cancer.
The pectin in apples supplies galacturonic acid to the body which lowers the body’s need for insulin and may help in the management of diabetes.
A Brazilian study found that women who ate three apples or pears per day lost more weight while dieting than women who did not eat fruit while dieting.
(Apple benefits from: http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/10-health-benefits-of-apples.html)
Sugar Free Pie Crust- makes 12 tarts
◦ 2½ Cup of Flour
◦ 8oz unsalted butter (soft)
◦½ Teaspoon of Salt
◦1 Pinch of Cinnamon
◦6 to 8 tbsp warm water (as needed)
◦1 egg- scrambled (optional for gloss finish)
6 apples (peeled & sliced)
2 Tbs cinnamon
Combine flour, salt, and cinnamon in a food processor; pulse to mix.
Add butter and pulse 6 to 8 times, until mixture resembles coarse meal, with pea size pieces of butter.
Add water 1 Tbsp at a time, pulsing until mixture just begins to clump together.
*If you pinch some of the crumbly dough and it holds together, it’s ready. If the dough doesn’t hold together, add a little more water and pulse again.
**Note that too much water will make the crust tough.
Putting it all together :
-Stir filling until cinnamon coats apples
-Roll out dough into small flat circles
-Fill with 2 Tbsp of filling
-Fold in half and seal with a fork (or use a handy tart maker)
-Brush tarts with egg for glossy finish.
-Place tarts in oven at 350 — cook for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Enjoy your applelicious treats!