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Should You Drink Juice or Cider?

Find out the differences between the two―and which is a healthier choice.

By Sharon Tanenbaum and Ashley Tate
apples juice and ciderAya Brackett

How are they different?
Well, both contain about the same amount of calories, fiber, and sugar. The main difference between the two is that juice is filtered to remove solid matter, like seeds and skin, whereas the seeds and skin are mashed and included in cider, giving it that cloudy appearance.

So, which is better for you?
All that pulp in cider enriches it with approximately 2 to 5 times the amount of polyphenols found in apple juice, according to a study published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. (Polyphenols are antioxidants that may reduce the risk of cancer and improve heart health and brain function.) Levels of other antioxidants are virtually the same, though. So both drinks are healthy, as long as you keep your intake to about eight ounces a day to avoid overloading on calories, says Suzanne Farrell, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

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