Apples are frequently referred to as a “miracle food” due to the exceptionally vital flavanoids, antioxidants and dietary fibre found in the fruit. The nutrient packed juice makes the perfect thirst quencher for children as well as adults
Some precautions that should be considered when juicing include the removal of the apple pips. The pips contain tiny amounts of cyanide and while one would have to consume hugely large amounts of the pips to feel the effects of the poison, it is best to core the apples before juicing. Many people prefer to remove the peels before juicing due to pesticide residue concerns. However, laboratory tests have failed to find any significant deposits after repeated tests, and the apple skin contains a significant amount of the nutrients, which gets discarded unnecessarily if the apple is peeled before juicing.
Versatile Apple Juice
- 4 large apples (preferably of 2 or 3 different varieties for better tasting juice
Scrub the apples thoroughly, remove the core and cut into pieces that will fit in your juice extractor machine. Many people prefer to combine the apple juice with juice from vegetables like carrots, celery, or cucumber to get the benefits the vegetables have to offer. Combining not only disguises the flavour of the vegetables but it also reduces the natural sweetness of apples.
The star nutrients in apples are polyphenols which include flavonols, catechins, anthocyanins, and dozens of others which support good health. Additionally apples are rich in fibre and house an array of vitamins including A, C, E, K, thiamin, riboflavin, folates, and niacin. They also contain sodium, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc. Furthermore apples are low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.
Health Benefits of Apples
Apples have elevated levels of the soluble fibre pectin which is useful in removing toxic wastes like lead, aluminum and mercury from the body. It binds with radioactive deposits in the body and eliminates them. The malic and tartaric acids found in the juice slow down the spread of harmful bacteria in the intestines and trigger production of beneficial bacteria. Apple juice lowers cholesterol according to researchers at The Florida State University, and its high mineral content is good for healthy hair, skin and fingernails.
The antioxidant “quercetin” in apple juice reduces cellular death due to inflammation and oxidation of neurons according to University of Quebec researchers. A Cornell University study, published in the Journal of Food and Science has found evidence that apple juice may lower the chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease and colon cancer. Another Cornell study found that the phenolic compounds in apples may aid in preventing breast cancer.