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Drinking cider can be good for your health

  • Results of trials show high levels of antioxidants in cider

Drinking cider may be good for your health, according to the results of trials which prove a glass of cider is rich in health improving antioxidants

The old adage an apple a day keeps the doctor away now also applies to a drop of cider, made from fermenting apple juice.

Cider, one of Englands oldest alcoholic drinks, has long been thought to be beneficial to health, but there was never any proof.

Now scientists at Brewing Research International have confirmed high levels of health enhancing antioxidants in cider, on par with red wine, a drink long recognised has having health benefits. A half pint of cider delivers the same amount of antioxidants as a glass of red wine.

Further trials on volunteer cider drinkers at the Institute of Food Research, Norwich, details of which are published in the latest edition of the scientific Journal of Nutrition, also establishes the antioxidants are rapidly absorbed into the blood stream, enhancing the health benefit.

Commenting on the research work,Dr Caroline Walker, a scientist at Brewing Research International, said: A diet rich in antioxidants may help to protect against disease, and our research confirms cider has the same levels of antioxidants as red wine.

It is clear that cider has a good dose of antioxidants, and as nutrionists recommend a healthy diet should include plenty of antioxidants it could well be claimed that a glass of cider a day will keep the doctor away!!.

For those who enjoy a glass of cider it is reassuring to know it may be healthy, too. But it is important that no-one drinks more than the recommended daily intake of alcohol, which for women is 2 to 3 units per day and for men, 3 to 4 units, an average cider having about 2.5 units per pint.

John Thatcher, of Sandford in Somerset, Chairman of the National Association of Cider Makers, said: I have spent a lifetime making cider, enjoying a regular glass or two, and now I can enjoy it all the more knowing it is helping to keep me healthy.

He added: We have known for centuries that cider in moderation was good for you and it will be helpful to consumers to have this scientific confirmation.

Background Information

Antioxidants in the diet have been identified as potentially beneficial to health. It is believed that by quenching free radicals, antioxidants will prevent the types of celluar damage that can lead to cancer and cardiovascular disease. Food or drink products with a high antioxidant content may, therefore, be good for you.

Antioxidants were known to be present at high levels in red wine, but new research has established that cider is also an excellent source of antioxidants and many are the same types as seen in red wine.

It is a fact that the traditional English cider apple has a high antioxidant content.

John Worlidge in 1676 wrote of cider.. Constant use of this liquor hath been found by long experience to avail much to health and long life, preserving the drinkers of it in their full strength and vigour even to very old age.

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SOURCE National Association of Cider Makers

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