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Friday, April 02, 2010

Homemade Organic Apple Juice

 "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" _source unknown
 
What good is investing in financial assets for the future if you are not around to enjoy the fruits of your sacrifice?  Not only that, but you can save a fortune in health care costs with a healthy diet and exercise.

In our facebook group "Investing for the Long Term" we have a discussion forum called "Healthy Living - Invest in Your Health Too" we are very fortunate to have noted nutrition expert  Dr. James J. (Jay) Kenney, PhD, RD, FACN answer our questions about health and nutrition.

Homemade Organic Apple Juice
Yield: 1 2/3 cups (400 ml)
Ingredients
4 medium to large organic apples
1/4 cup (60 ml) cool water
2 double layers of cheesecloth
Steps:
  1. Place apples and water into the Vitamix container in the order listed.
  2. Secure lid.
  3. Select Variable 1.
  4. Turn machine on and quickly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  5. Blend for 45 seconds, using the tamper to push apples into the blades until pureed.
  6. Transfer puree to a bowl lined with cheesecloth and twist until juice is extracted.
Note: For the best flavor, combine two or more apple varieties.
Health Classification: Diabetic Friendly, Low Fat, Low Sodium, Low Cholesterol, Heart Healthy, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw
Variations:  We find it easier to quarter the apples, remove the skin and seeds with a paring knife, blend as directed and drink the juice directly.
Health Benefits 
Excerpts from Wikipedia:  Research suggests that apples may reduce the risk of colon cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer. Apples are a rich source of antioxidant compounds.

There is evidence that in vitro (in a controlled environment) apples possess phenolic compounds which may be cancer-protective and demonstrate antioxidant activity. The predominant phenolic phytochemicals in apples are quercetin, epicatechin, and procyanidin B2.

Apple juice concentrate has been found to increase the production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in mice, providing a potential mechanism for the "prevention of the decline in cognitive performance that accompanies dietary and genetic deficiencies and aging." Other studies have shown an "alleviat[ion of] oxidative damage and cognitive decline" in mice after the administration of apple juice.
 We like the "Vita-mix Super 5200" blender for its heavy duty motor, solid construction, 7-year warranty and second container for grinding whole grains and beans. Consider getting an extra container to keep in the fridge or have a fresh container while the other is in the dishwasher.

Nutrition Information:

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