An apple a day keeps the doctor away. This is what I have been brought up on since a very young age based on the suggestion that the intake of apples and fruits in general will bring along visible health benefits.
For a start, apples are known to be loaded with loads of vitamin C and that keeps your skin glowing with the intensity of a polished red apple. Not to mention, apples are known to help you with obesity issues since the thick fiber within them helps to slow down the digestion of food and help you feel more satisfied and full with lesser calories.
Internally, eating a healthy amount of Granny Smiths each week has been known to give you a healthier heart. Why? Due to the high-soluble fibre in apples, plaque are less likely to form within your arteries as the phenolic compound in apple skins stops cholesterol from entering your body and hooking onto your artery walls. Who knew that an apple a day also keeps you free from coronary artery disease!
But apple juice on the other hand? Since they have been strained of all their pulp, they may not have as much health benefits as apples you can bite into.
Benefits and Negatives of Juicing
There are plenty of enthusiasts who firmly believe that squeezing your fruits through a juicer is the way to go. For most of them, they believe that the practice of juicing brings them so much convenience since it allows them to easily convert their fruits into something that they can take on-the-go. While we are on that point, the de-skinning of oranges, apples and pineapples at work is such a nightmare — just think about all the mess you have to clean up in the office pantry. Juicing allows them to get their day’s worth of nutrients and vitamins from various fruits without having to lug a paper bag worth of fruits to work.
On the other hand, what juicing does is to turn solid to liquid and what gets removed in the process is pulp. Since the pulp in fruit contains polyphenols, antioxidants that help battle free radicals and cancer, all those are lost in the juicing process.
Cloudy or Non-Cloudy
For those wondering if it is possible to leave the pulp in when fixing up their apple juice, it is actually possible to include some remnants of that. What has been found is that when you make clear apple juice, an enzyme is included to destroy the pectin in apple cell walls and that takes out a large amount of polyphenols. If we are comparing between the two, cloudy apple juice is the undisputed champion since it packs a stronger antioxidant punch. Those small little apple particles that are strained when making clear juice removes all of those antioxidants. Between cloudy and clear apple juice, the cloudy apple juice contained four times as much polyphenols than its clear counterpart.
How Do I Make Cloudy Apple Juice?
Wondering how to whip up a batch of cloudy apple juice? All it takes is just a simple tweak in the process. After washing all of your apples under a running tap, cut each apple into half and have the seeds removed. The key difference is in the length of time you place the apples in the blender or food processor. If you are after a thick cloudy blend of apple juice, leave the apple chunks in the blender for only a few seconds. Any longer and what you will have is a fine apple juice removed of all its pulp and particles.
But with cloudy apple juice, it is best to enjoy them fresh since they are more likely to go bad if you leave them out in the afternoon heat. If that is not a problem, a tip is to throw in a few cubes of ice to make it a refreshing drink in our tropical weather.
If we are being extremely honest, we have been led to believe that apple juice is just as good as biting into the real thing. Sorry to burst your bubble but it is true since there are so many health benefits attributed to the skin and pulp of fruit. Within the skin of the apple alone, there are pigments like carotenoids and flavonoids that nourish our body and keep us in the pink of health. Similarly, the pulp in apple juice is a great source for fibre that our body welcomes with open arms. In each glass of apple juice, you lose close to around 12 grams of dietary fibre when you whip up your own apple juice. There is really no argument when you are deciding between a fresh apple and a bottle of sweet apple juice, but if you have the choice between clear and cloudy apple juice, you will know which is the better of the two.