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“Cloudy” Apple Juice Contains Higher Level of Antioxidant Activity Than “Clear” Juice

A recent Polish study appearing in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture reports that apple juice, which is less processed apple juice and cloudy contains up to four times the antioxidants found in highly processed apple juice which is clear.

Dr. Jan Oszmianski headed a team of researchers from the Agricultural University of Wroclaw in Poland who created four juices using two apple varieties. They then tested the juices for antioxidant activity.

Both cloudy and clear juice were made from the Champion and Idared varieties of apples and tested for levels of plant antioxidants called polyphenols. The results you ask?

The cloudy juice contained as much as four times the antioxidants as the clear juice says Oszmianski & his team.

Clear juice, which for a along time has been preferred by consumers because of the appreciation of it’s beautiful and pure appearance, actually appears that way because extra processing takes place to remove any apple solids. Clear juice has been a favorite among apple juice manufacturers and retailers as well because it has a longer shelf life than cloudy juice.

While the shelf life may be longer, what does that do for your health?

According to Oszmianski and his team, the potency of antioxidant properties in cloudy apple juice to “scavenge” free radicals, was higher than that of clear juice. That is particularly true of Champion apples. In fact, the researchers found when cloudy juice from either Champion or Idared apples was clarified, the juice’s antioxidant activity was significantly reduced.

Highly processed foods are always a no-no. The best way to figure out if a food or beverage is processed is by simply reading the label. The more ingredioents you see, the more likely it contains processed ingredients.

If you see words that have a “scientific” appearance, they’re probably not natural either.

For certain foods or beverages, the label may not be enough. So the next step is to examine the product itself.

Apple juice for example, as we learned today should be cloudy. Avoid very clear versions of the juice as the clear appearance suggests the juice has been processed and stripped of its antioxidant properties.

If you’re truly interested in the health benefits of apples, one way you can’t lose is to simply just eat apples with the skin. Just make sure they’re organic.

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Comment from Pat
Time March 6, 2007 at 1:13 pm

I really enjoy your articals glad you here to keep us informed.

Comment from Annemarie Fugger
Time March 6, 2007 at 1:22 pm

Thank you for your very valuable information on how to have a healthier life style and how to avoid unnecessary medications.

Regarding your article on apple juice: the cloudy one also tastes better. It reminds me often of the juice my grandfather produced in my childhood which was always cloudy.

Howevever, you don’t mention anything about all the chemicals in juices, unless the juice comes from organic produce of course. Pure organic apple juice not from concentrate is quite unaffordable for a family like ours in the UK so I invariably go for organic apple juice from concentrate and I have not yet come across a cloudy one in this version.

Best regards annemarie fugger

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