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Why pick pure
Apple juice is a favourite drink of many people - young
and old. However, not all juice is produced the same way.
Apple juice labelled 'pure' contains only freshly pressed
apple juice and Vitamin C. Juice labelled 'from concentrate'
has had the water removed from the juice and then added
back at a later time. The only brands of juice that can
be labelled 'pure' are those containing juice made freshly
pressed apples. By looking for apple juice marked 'pure'
or 'not from concentrate,' you're ensuring your family gets
the freshest apple juice available. You can support Nova
Scotia apple growers and processors by purchasing 'pure'
apple juice made in Nova Scotia, because all 'pure' apple
juice produced in Nova Scotia is made from locally grown
Try a sip
Apple cider is a tasty and refreshing drink made by pressing
fresh apples. There is nothing added and nothing taken away,
which makes for a completely natural drink. It's healthy
too! Cider is free of fat and cholesterol and provides nutrients
such as potassium and vitamin C. It also contains the soluble
fibre pectin, which studies have shown can contribute to
lowering blood cholesterol levels.
What makes cider
so unique is the special blend of apples used by the cider
makers. Each presser will use his or her own blend of apple
varieties in different combinations to maximize taste and
flavour. A blend will usually be composed of two to five
varieties, depending on the season and the apples available.
Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, McIntosh, Golden Russet
and Jonagold are some of the more popular varieties; however,
the varieties are only limited by the cider maker's creativity.
Apple cider vinegar is another popular apple product, and
it's also a healthy source of vitamins and minerals. Apple
cider vinegar contains numerous minerals, including potassium,
phosphorus, chlorine, sodium, magnesium, calcium, sulphur,
iron, fluorine and silicon. In fact, apple cider vinegar
contains 93 different components that are beneficial for
your health! These various components can benefit your body
by helping to:
Regulate blood pressure
Relieve sore throats and laryngitis
Relieve arthritis pain