Apple Juice Benefits

Apple juice benefits are too good for you to miss if you're juicing.  Apples are one of my favorite fruits to juice because not only can they be added to any vegetable juice (or raw recipe) to sweeten the taste, but they are also one of the only fruits that combine well with all vegetables. Generally, green apples have a sharper, tangier taste than red, which are often sweeter and milder in flavor. Apples are packed full of nutrients and antioxidants which your body can absorb immediately, for instant and long-lasting health benefits. Always try get organic apples as orchards often spray apples heavily with pesticides.



Apple juice benefits and why you should drink it

  • Apples are rich in folic acid, beta-carotene, Vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium which cleanse the digestive tract and aid liver function. They contain small amounts of B1, B2, B3, biotin and Vitamin E as well. The vitamin and mineral blast found in freshly squeezed apple juice also helps strengthen the immune system.   
  • Apples contain flavonoids, which help clear and relax the arteries and pectin, which lowers cholesterol, making them a very heart-healthy food. Pectin is also known for removing toxins from the system and decreasing the risk of colon cancer.
  • Apples can help alleviate conditions such as arthritis, asthma, and rheumatism.  
  • Apples also contain an element called boron which strengthens and builds bones. 
  • Apples have been shown to prevent and fight different forms of cancer, including colon as mentioned, breast, lung and liver cancer.  
  • Studies have even shown apples to increase the brain’s ability to focus and perform better.  
  • Freshly squeezed apple juice will give you more consistent energy all through the day, it can slow down the aging process and even encourage weight loss.


Top things you didn't know about apples

Apples originated in Asia
Apples were first cultivated in Central Asia in the Tien Shan mountains of Kazakhstan millions of years ago.

Apples are related to roses
From a deciduous tree that is a member of the rose family, apples, like roses, are best grown and propagated by grafting them onto root stock.

A recipe exists from the 3rd century
The oldest apple recipe on record, according to the US Apple Association, was for Diced Pork and Matian Apples. It comes from De Re Coquinaria (“On Cookery”), dating from the third century and attributed to a gourmand named Marcus Gavius Apicius, who lived two centuries before.

A Lady Apple is the oldest type of apple
One of the oldest types of apples still grown today is the Lady Apple, or Pomme d’Api, which was originally documented in early Rome (around 700 BC).  

The crabapple comes from North America
The crabapple is the only apple native to North America according to the US Apple Association. British settlers brought the first European apple seeds, cuttings, and plants to America when they arrived in Jamestown, Virginia in 1607.

A short history of cider
Apple orchards were easier to plant and grow than barley (for beer). During colonial times, cider was considered safer to drink than communal water sources, which were often contaminated. So fermented cider became commonly served (weaker ones for children) at meals instead of water. Cider was even used to pay salaries sometimes! Up until the close of the 19th century, apple cider, not beer, was the preferred beverage of the working class.

There are more apples in the world than ever before, but less variety 
Many of the original thousands of apple varieties have dwindled out. One particularly valuable and threatened species is called Malus sieversii, a wild apple which is the ancestor of all cultivated apples in the world. Today, just 10 of the 3,000 varieties account for more than 70 percent of world production, according to National Geographic.

China produces most of the world’s apples 
China grows more apples than any other country, followed by the U.S. which commercially grows apples in 36 states.


Plain Apple Juice Recipe

To make plain apple juice, just juice apples by themselves.  3-4 make a nice size glass.


Easy Green Grape & Apple Juice Recipe

This recipe makes about 8-10 ounces of juice


INGREDIENTS

3 apples, cored 

1 lemon, peeled

1 handful green grapes

Optional: 1-3 cups fresh spinach


DIRECTIONS

Juice the apples, lemon, grapes and spinach together.  Serve immediately.







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