Apple juice does have vitamin C but in negligible amounts.
More Info: If you are looking to get your RDA of vitamin C through juice, apple juice is not the way to go. At less than 2.2 mg of vitamin C per serving, unfortified apple juice contains a negligible amount of the RDA for vitamin C for an adult, which is between 60-90 mg. A serving of orange juice, on the other hand, contains 124 mg per serving giving you more than 100% of your daily needs.
So I Should Avoid Apple Juice?
Absolutely not. Apple juice contains a variety of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients such as the flavanoid quercetin, which is a powerful antioxidant.
A study conducted by UC Davis Department of Internal Medicine concluded that drinking apple juice translates into real health benefits. The study followed 25 participants over a six-week period to establish the health benefits of either eating two apples per day or drinking apple juice. The study found that the health benefits of apples raw and in juice could potentially lower the risk of heart disease, reduced oxidation indicators, and an increase in fiber intake.
Additional studies have suggested that the health benefits associated with apples were a lower risk of stroke and inhibiting cancer cell growth.
“Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid ( mg Foods per Common Measure, sorted alphabetically.” USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 17. UDSA, n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2010. www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/Data/SR17/wtrank/sr17a401.pdf.
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