Eating Dried Apples Is Good for You

Nothing says fall like apples.  Apples are a hearty fruit filled with fiber and vitamin C, and it’s been suggested they can also help with neurological health.

One of the benefits of dried apples is that it packs a high amount of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Half a cup of dried apples already gives you approximately 3-4 grams of dietary fiber, sufficient to cover 13-20% of your daily fiber requirements.

Fiber keeps you satiated by preventing spikes in your blood sugar levels after meals. It also helps flush away toxins and harmful bacteria from your gut. Fiber softens your stool to keep constipation at bay as well. Soluble fiber is responsible for controlling your blood sugar levels, while insoluble fiber keeps your gut clean.

Dried apples contain two essential B-vitamins that promote energy metabolism, improve hormonal balance, and nourish the brain. They are pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) and pyridoxine (vitamin B6).

Apples are high in: 

  • Potassium – Half a cup of dried apples contains approximately 4% of your daily potassium needs. Potassium is vital for keeping your electrolyte and water levels in check. It’s also a mineral linked to improved brain and nervous system function.
  • Sodium – Like potassium, sodium is essential for keeping the water balance in your body. It also helps regulate blood volume and blood pressure. 40 grams of dried apples carry around 180 mg of sodium, which is approximately 8% of your recommended daily intake.
  • Iron – This mineral helps in creating fresh red blood cells, which then carry off oxygen in your blood to various parts of your body. Iron content in dried apples can cover 3-8% of your recommended daily intake.

Easy way to Dry your apples at home in your oven!! 

Slice the apples as thinly as you can into rounds, around 1/8″ thick. We like using a mandoline to get thin and even slices, just use caution. If you don’t have a mandoline, use the sharpest knife you have and (carefully) slice as thin of slices as possible. The thinner the slice, the better the crisp.
 
Preheat oven to 200°. In a large bowl, toss apples with sugar and cinnamon.
Place a metal rack inside a rimmed baking sheet. Lay apples slices on top of rack, spacing them so that no apples overlap.
Bake for 2 to 3 hours, flipping apples halfway through, until apples dried out
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