Body & Fitness

Don’t be fooled by… Apple juice

The seemingly healthy alternative may be robbing you of essential vitamins.
Don't be fooled by... Apple juice

You can count a glass of apple juice as one of your five a day, but it’s not top banana in the world of fruit and veg. Apple juice is lower in vitamin C and not as high in potassium or folic acid as other drinks, such as orange juice. In fact, a recent article in the Journal Of Human Nutrition And Dietetics evaluated the nutrient density of apple juice as similar to that of fruit squash. On the plus side, apple juice doesn’t play havoc with your blood sugar levels and does contain flavonoids that are part of our armoury against heart disease. But overall, compared with many other fruits and juices, it packs much less of a health punch.

Get it right: Choose juice blends – apple with mango or raspberry, for example, will be higher in vitamin C. A whole apple is a better than the juice, as it contains more fibre.

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