Next time you reach for a bottle of apple juice on the grocery shelves, look for the variety with a cloudy mixture. According to researchers at the Agricultural University of Wroclaw, Poland, cloudy apple juice containing pulp sediment is better for you than clear, pure apple juice. There are four times as many polyphenols in the cloudy juice compared to the clear juice. Polyphenols are health-promoting antioxidants commonly found in red wine and dark chocolate.
The pulp and pectin in the two apple varieties tested, Champion and Idared, contain the bulk of the antioxidants. These compounds are commonly removed in the making of apple juice to extent the shelf life and give the appearance of being a more pure product. Of course, researchers remind consumers that while cloudy apple juice may be more nutritious than clear, it's still best to eat a fresh apple instead of drinking just the juice.
For more information on this apple juice research, go to: BBC News.