Apple Juice

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Apples are a versatile ingredient in many juice recipes.  You can juice apples alone or you can add them to any juice recipes to offset bitter tastes and add a little sweetness. Apples are most commonly juiced along with carrots, but, they truly fit in with just about any juice recipe.

Check out my favorite easy-to-make Carrot Lemonade Juice recipe.

The proverb ”An apple a day keeps the doctor away.“, highlights the perceived health effects of this fruit.

Apples aren’t particularly rich in vitamins or minerals, but, they contain important phytochemicals like [gs quercetin], [gs epicatechin], procyanidin and chlorogenic acid.

Apples varieties vary in their phytochemical antioxidant levels so it’s probably better to mix or rotate between different types of apples.

Apples also contain a dietary fiber called pectin.  This soluble fiber binds to cholesterol and other toxins in the digestive tract. Plus, by trapping carbohydrates, pectin can slow down glucose absorption. Eating apples provides the most pectin, but the fact its water-soluble means you will still get a good amount of this beneficial fiber right out of your juicer. Yet another reason to drink freshly juiced fruit versus the highly processed counterparts.

Since most of the claimed health benefits of this popular fruit reside in the peel, try to buy only organic apples so you can capture the benefits of this fruit juice without the heavy pesticides.  Commercially grown, non-organic apples may contain the highest accumulation of residual pesticides of any other fruit or vegetable on the market.

Three Common Apple varieties with the highest average total flavonoid content (sources below).

  1.  Fuji
  2. Red Delicious
  3. Gala

 

 

 

 

About Chris Bede

With great interest in health topics, I research the latest trends in nutrition. Besides juicing daily, I'm currently a fan of the paleo diet. I may be the second largest consumer of grass-fed butter. You can follow me on twitter @cbede.