Choose Cloudy Apple Juice, Clearly

Medically reviewed in February 2020

It's not ideal for beach days, but cloudy does beat clear when it comes to apple juice.

Depending on how much pectin is removed during processing, apple juice varieties are either completely translucent or a bit murky. Choose the cloudy stuff. It contains more disease-fighting antioxidants.

Fabulous Phenols
Apples are full of cell-protecting phenols -- antioxidant-like compounds that fend off aging and diseases like Alzheimer's and cancer. When researchers compared see-through apple juice to the cloudy stuff, the muddled version was a clear winner on two fronts: It had more phenols and it mopped up more cell-damaging free radicals.

Why Clear Has Less
Clear apple juice goes through extra processing that makes it translucent. And that process appears to zap the juice's phenolic content, especially the procyanidins -- the predominant phenol in all apples (and red wine).

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