Have you ever wondered what the difference is between apple cider and apple juice? After all, aren’t they both just made of apples? You’re not alone in wondering—a quick Google search of apple cider vs. apple juice yields over 100 million results.

So other than the fact that apple juice is generally accepted as a year-round breakfast beverage and apple cider seems to be most popular during fall, what’s the difference between them? Let’s break it down.

Apple Cider vs. Apple Juice

Apple cider is typically unfiltered, while apple juice is usually filtered and may have additives such as sweetener. That’s why apple cider has a cloudier appearance than juice; it contains natural pulp particles from apples. These particles are filtered out of apple juice, making it much clearer than cider. Our apple cider is pure apples with no additives.

Which is better for you?

We’ll start by saying that neither apple drink we’re discussing here is bad for you. Apple cider may have the slight edge when it comes to health benefits, as it contains polyphenols. Polyphenols are natural compounds that act as antioxidants. Since these antioxidants are removed from apple juice during the filtering process, apple cider may have slightly more health benefits than juice.

Whether you prefer apple juice or apple cider, be sure to pick one with no added sugars. Apples are naturally sweet, and there’s no need for extra sugar in either beverage. You can usually find pure juice at any grocery store year round, and you can find pure cider at local farmers markets and orchards.

Robinette’s Apple Cider

We make fresh apple cider here at Robinette’s, using the finest, Michigan-grown apples from our very own orchards…so we’re a little biased toward apple cider. We do not add anything to our cider, it’s just pure pressed apples. We run it through a UV light to kill bacteria. It is not pasteurized. If you haven’t tried any of our cider yet, don’t wait any longer! It’s available by the cup, half gallon, and gallon. Stop by and try some today!