Best Fruit Juice

Best Fruit Juice
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Which common fruit juices have the most (and least) phenolic phytonutrients, which may protect against Alzheimer’s disease: apple juice, cranberry cocktail, grape juice (white, red, and purple), grapefruit juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, or pomegranate juice?

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If phenolics are what’s in fruit juice that provides protection against Alzheimer’s disease, then which juice might be best? They compared apple juice to cranberry cocktail, grape juice (purple, red, and white), grapefruit juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, and pomegranate. Whenever I show brand names, it’s only because they were the actual brands used in the study.

Here’s the graph. As you can see, one really pulls ahead, though the next five came out pretty respectable, with a couple relative phenolic flops at the end.

Which do you guess those are? Pineapple, apple juice, and white grape. Who do you think leads the pack? Six left to choose from. Purple grape #1, then cranberry, pomegranate, grapefruit, orange, and red grape. So, there are definitely better choices than apple, though this was for clear apple juice. Cloudy apple juice has more—way more, but that’s because it’s cheating, and actually has a little bit of the actual fruit in there, which is what makes it cloudy.

So imagine how superior an entire apple would be compared to juice—or even better, a whole pomegranate, or Concord grapes themselves.

So, the best fruit juice is the one inside the whole fruit. 

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Peter Mellor.

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If phenolics are what’s in fruit juice that provides protection against Alzheimer’s disease, then which juice might be best? They compared apple juice to cranberry cocktail, grape juice (purple, red, and white), grapefruit juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, and pomegranate. Whenever I show brand names, it’s only because they were the actual brands used in the study.

Here’s the graph. As you can see, one really pulls ahead, though the next five came out pretty respectable, with a couple relative phenolic flops at the end.

Which do you guess those are? Pineapple, apple juice, and white grape. Who do you think leads the pack? Six left to choose from. Purple grape #1, then cranberry, pomegranate, grapefruit, orange, and red grape. So, there are definitely better choices than apple, though this was for clear apple juice. Cloudy apple juice has more—way more, but that’s because it’s cheating, and actually has a little bit of the actual fruit in there, which is what makes it cloudy.

So imagine how superior an entire apple would be compared to juice—or even better, a whole pomegranate, or Concord grapes themselves.

So, the best fruit juice is the one inside the whole fruit. 

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Peter Mellor.

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

 

Doctor's Note

Be sure to check out all my other videos on juice, particularly Phytochemicals: The Nutrition Facts Missing From the Label.

For more context, also check out my associated blog posts: Alzheimer’s Disease: Up to half of cases potentially preventableApple Peels Turn On Anticancer GenesThe Science on Açaí Berries; and Which Common Fruit Fights Cancer Better?

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