Q. What is the difference between apple juice and apple cider?
A. The definitions of “juice” and “cider” vary from region to region. Apple cider is freshly pressed, not−from−concentrate juice that may or may not undergo a filtration process to remove coarse pulp. Most cider is pasteurized but perishable and is often found in the refrigerated section of the supermarket. Apple juice may be from concentrate and has been filtered, pasteurized, and vacuum sealed to give a longer lasting, shelf−stable, clear product.
Q. What are the health benefits of drinking apple juice and apple cider?
A. Both apple juice and apple cider are valuable sources of nutrients and antioxidants that help to fight chronic disease and to promote good health in kids and adults. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts−Lowell have shown that apple juice and cider have a powerful effect on brain function and may improve cognition. Other studies from Cornell University and University of California−Davis suggest that those nutrients may also protect against cancer and heart disease.
100 percent juices such as apple juice and apple cider are considered a fruit serving by the U.S. Dietary Guidelines. Parents can feel comfortable in encouraging their families to make a 100 percent apple juice part of a safe and healthy diet.
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