An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Heart Benefits From Apples and Apple Juice. Researchers at the UC Davis School of Medicine have determined that drinking apple juice and eating apples has a beneficial effect on risk factors for heart disease. Results of the pioneering clinical study appear in the winter edition of Journal of Medicinal Food. The study shows that compounds in apples and apple juice act in much the same way that red wine and tea do to slow one of the processes that lead to heart disease. These compounds act as anti-oxidants to delay the breakdown of LDL or “bad” cholesterol. When LDL oxidizes, or deteriorates in the blood, plaque accumulates along the walls of the coronary artery and causes atherosclerosis. “Previous studies have shown that eating fruits and vegetables is associated with a reduced risk of

coronary artery disease,” says Dianne Hyson, a registered dietician and lead researcher of the study. “But this is the first clinical study to show the potential benefits of active compounds in apple juice and apples.”Study results were more dramatic in subjects drinking apple juice, showing a 20-percent increase in lag time after six weeks, but eating apples also showed potential health benefits, including reduced oxidation markers and a 22-percent increase in dietary fiber. “A very moderate intake of apple juice or apples has the potential to reduce risk factors for heart disease in a fairly short period of time,” she says. “These small diet changes might play an important role in a heart-healthy diet.” Media contact:  Susanne Rockwell, UC Davis News Service.  News from: University of California, Davis.  ~ Apple juice is a fruit juice manufactured by the maceration and pressing of apples. The resulting expelled juice may be further treated by enzymatic and centrifugal clarification to remove the starch and pectin, which holds fine particulate in suspension, and then pasteurized for packaging in glass, metal or aseptic processing system containers, or further treated by dehydration processes to a concentrate. Apple juice may also be sold in an untreated state.Due to the complex and costly equipment required to extract and clarify juice from apples in large volume, apple juice is normally commercially produced. In the United States,

unfiltered fresh apple juice is produced by smaller operations in areas of high apple production, in the form of unclarified apple cider. Apple juice is one of the most common fruit juices in the world, with world production led by China, followed by Poland, Germany and the United States. Vitamin C is sometimes added by fortification, because content is variable,and much of that is lost in processing. Other vitamin concentrations are low, but apple juice does contain various mineral nutrients, including boron, which may promote healthy bones.Apple juice has a significant concentration of polyphenols of low molecular weight (including chlorogenic acid, flavan-3-ols, and flavonols) and procyanidins that may protect from diseases associated with aging due to the antioxidant effects which help reduce the likeliness of developing cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Research suggests that apple juice increases acetylcholine in the brain, resulting in increased memory. Despite its positive health benefits, apple juice is high in sugar. It has 28 g carbohydrates (24 g sugars) per 8 ounces. This results in 130 calories per 8 ounces (protein and fat are not significant), which compares to non-diet soft drinks such as Pepsi and 7 Up. Also like most fruit juice, apple juice contains the same amount of sugar, but lacks the fiber due to loss of skin. The sugar in apple juice, despite being natural, is bad enough that consumption is frowned upon for diabetics. Good News International

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