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Apple Juice May Help Promote Healthy Weight

Posted Oct 26 2012 10:09pm

Cloudy apple juice, juice in which the apple pectin and starch are retained, is rich in polyphenols, compounds that have been shown in previous studies to exert a variety of health effects.  Stephan W. Barth, from the Max Rubner Institut (Germany), and colleagues enrolled 68 obese, non-diabetic men, to receive either 750 mL of cloudy apple juice daily, or a control beverage, for four weeks.  The men who consumed the cloudy apple juice displayed 1% reduction in total body fat  (as compared to 0.2% in the control group). Further, the researchers observed that those men with a specific gene polymorphism (IL6-174 G showed a 2% reduction in total body fat after 4 weeks of cloudy apple juice.  The study authors submit that: “The observed diet–gene interaction might be a first indication for the impact of individual genetic background on [cloudy apple juice]-mediated bioactivity on obesity-associated comorbidities.”

Stephan W. Barth, Tatiana C. L. Koch, Bernhard Watzl, Helmut Dietrich, Frank Will, et al. “Moderate effects of apple juice consumption on obesity-related markers in obese men: impact of diet–gene interaction on body fat content.”  European J Nutrition, 2012, Volume 51, Number 7, Pages 841-850.

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