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Thursday, 23 May, 2002, 17:19 GMT 18:19 UK
Research says cider 'healthy' drink
Glasses of cider
'Cider contains as much antioxidant as red wine'
Drinking cider may be good for your health, according to research which suggests the drink is rich in antioxidants.

Scientists at Brewing Research International's laboratories in Surrey have found as many antioxidants in cider as red wine.

Antioxidants are thought to help stop cell damage called oxidation, which can contribute to cancer and degenerative diseases like dementia.


For those who enjoy a glass of cider it is reassuring to know it may be healthy too

Dr Caroline Walker, Brewing Research International

Vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene (vitamin A) are all antioxidants.

Red wine and green tea are among foods rich in these compounds.

John Thatcher, of Sandford in Somerset, Chairman of the National Association of Cider Makers, said: "I have spent a lifetime making cider, enjoying a regular glass or two.

"Now I can enjoy it all the more knowing it is helping to keep me healthy."

Dr Caroline Walker, a scientist at Brewing Research International, said: "For those who enjoy a glass of cider it is reassuring to know it may be healthy too.

"But it is important that no-one drinks more than the recommended daily intake of alcohol.

Alcohol-related diseases

Dr Walker's warning was echoed by Bristol Advice and Counselling on Alcohol and Drugs chief executive, Graham Fanti.

"No-one should consider alcohol as a medical product," he told BBC News Online.

"It's risky to think of alcoholic drinks as good for health when you consider 33,000 people a year die from alcohol-related diseases in the UK."

Mr Fanti also highlighted the variations in cider strength and purity.

"People must check the alcohol content of what they are drinking - a rough farm-bought cider can be a lot stronger than one from the big manufacturers.

"Alcohol is a potential poison and must be treated with respect."

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