Written by Dr.Albana Greca Sejdini, Md, MMedSc
Medically reviewed by Dr.Ruden Cakoni, MD, Endocrinologist
It is a well-known fact that fruits are considered as the best choice for diabetics. Furthermore, apple is listed as the best-of-the-best among fruits.
While eating raw apple or having a fresh home-made apple juice is the most excellent choice you ever had; apple juices that you may find in the market are also another alternative.
Everything that is made “outside-home” is not as healthy or as beneficial as the “home-made” foods.
However, our daily busy life restricts us to using such products. We trust what the companies are claiming in the label for their safety.
Now, the most recent concern of FDA (The U.S. Food and Drug Administration), is related to the Arsenic content of market apple juice.
Therefore, the new FDA recommendations are limiting the amount of Arsenic to 10 ppb (parts per billion), which is also the acceptable level of Arsenic in the drinking water.
For your information the inorganic Arsenic is commonly found in the environment; consequently, commonly found in the fruits.
Furthermore, the wide-spread use of pesticides which contain arsenic increases the levels of Arsenic in foods.
Although a natural mineral found commonly in our environment; its high levels can lead to multiple body problems due to its carcinogenic (cancer-inducing) role. Such problems include
- Skin, lung, bladder, kidney cancers
- Cardiovascular disease
- Neurological effects (toxicity)
- Reproductive bad effects
These kinds of problems appear when there is a persistent exposure to Arsenic although in small amounts. As we all do not like to get ill, prevention is better than curing.
And, when it comes to consuming foods made “outside-home”, food authorities take the incentive for such prevention.
As you are now informed on how to properly choose and the amount to consume such juices, especially when it comes to apple juice; you can make the right decision for you.
The very best alternative remains the whole apple as it contains more fiber than apple juice alone. Furthermore, when you consume juice, the risk to overload your body with unnecessary nutrients (such as carbs) is really high.
Although there are some juices claiming to contain fructose and not glucose or sugar; you should be careful. Researches are worried on the effects of fructose on the brain more than on the blood sugar levels.
As you may see, overloading your body with extra, unnecessary foods would cause other problems when used regularly.
Eat fresh, be healthy.