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Is Apple Juice Bad For You?



Short answer

Apple juice is good for you and provides great nutrients, however, one must watch the sugar content.



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Long answer

If you believe apple juice has many benefits and is a great alternative to soda, you are correct! We all know the saying, "An apple a day, keep the doctors away" - this is so because apples are packed with antioxidants necessary for disease prevention. In addition to this, apple juice contains ascorbic acid, or vitamin c, which can help boost the immune system, protect cells, maintain healthy tissues, and improve wound healing. It is even reported by scientists from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute that apple juice is helpful in decreasing the onset of asthma symptoms.

Since apple juice is packed with essential nutrients, it is very beneficial for the overall well-being of an individual. So, if apple juice is so good, why did it receive such a rating? This is because apple juice is packed with sugar. Some brands even add sugar, totaling up to more than 30g per serving. Excessive amounts of sugar may lead to blood sugar elevation, tooth decay, hyperactivity, weight gain, migraines and diabetes in the long-term.

Therefore, when selecting apple juice pay close attention to the labels to ensure that you are not ingesting high levels of sugar.

Possible short-term side effects

  • blood sugar spike
  • hyperactivity
  • headache / migraine

Possible long-term side effects

  • diabetes
  • tooth decay

Ingredients to be aware of


  • decreases risk of disease
  • boosts the immune system
  • reduces cholesterol
  • promotes heart health
  • promotes cell protection
  • promotes healthy tissue
  • improves wound healing
  • increases energy

Our Wellness Pick (what is this?)

Mott's Apple Juice

  • 100% pure juice
  • No added sugar
  • Rich in Vitamin C
  • Convenient bottles
  • 24-count multipack
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Written by Kathan Natrajan
Published on: 12-27-2015
Last updated: 12-15-2023

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Written by Kathan Natrajan
Published on: 12-27-2015
Last updated: 12-15-2023

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