Why Cider Is The Healthier Alcohol
Not many people may know that cider is a kind of alcohol that may be taken without the addicting effects of other alcoholic drinks like beer, wine, and other hard drinks. Cider drink is a product of the fermentation of apple juice. Widely known and consumed mostly in the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe, the extracted juice becomes more alcoholic in content when extra fruit or sugar is added before a second fermentation is done. The flavors and colors of the liquid vary and the taste may be categorized from dry to sweet, all depending on the filtering and fermenting processes applied.
If you haven’t tried cider yet but are planning to sample it, then it’s better to know some interesting facts about the drink, so you need not feel guilty about taking a sip.
Cider, like red wine, provides health benefits that cannot be found in other alcoholic drinks
Appreciate its historical significance
Did you know that cider was invented by American colonists in the 18th century because they needed to? Back in those days, they did not have an adequate filtration system to process clean drinking water and ‘ from England didn’t thrive well on American soil. Hops are flowers used for their antibacterial properties in treating drinks, including water. It is also responsible for neutralizing the taste of beer. To address the Americans’ concern about potable water, they turned to hardy apple tree from England to create drinks that even children could consume safely.
Malt liquors and cider are my table drinks” ~ Thomas Jefferson
Apple is healthy
Apples are a great source of antioxidants. Many types of research studies can back up the statement, and because of these, health experts agree that cider, like red wine, provides health benefits that cannot be found in other alcoholic drinks. Antioxidants work to combat cell damage caused by free radicals. Although free radicals help fight viruses, too much of these can lead to heart disease and cancer. Therefore, the body needs to strike a healthy balance between the antibodies and antioxidants for a healthier immune system.
Make it yourself
Thanks to the wonders of the internet and your trusted bookstore, you can now find do-it-yourself guides on how to make your own cider. With basic ingredients and materials such as apples, cheese cloth, cider press, yeast, and an appropriate container, to name some, you can now concoct your own drink according to the taste that you like. If you’re ambitious and up for the challenge, you can try level up your resources by using oak barrels to ferment the juice and throwing in molasses to make a deep-flavored cider. Whatever takes your fancy, the point is that you can make your own cider to suit your taste.
The choices are aplenty
There are thousands of apple varieties all over the world. It means that the taste possibilities are rather endless, and you may just find it just overwhelming to decide which ones you would like. What’s even more amazing is that other fruits may be substituted such as peaches and pears to add a different twist to the taste. There are cider makers who experiment with bourbon as well and let it sit for a long time to create a smoky flavor. The options are truly vast that the flavors and tastes are simply countless.
Cider is friendly to those who are allergic to gluten. Apples are free from gluten, and therefore ciders made from apple juice taste so much more flavorful and natural than other gluten-free alcoholic drinks. Gluten is found in cereal grains and is responsible for the elasticity of the dough. People who are genetically predisposed to gluten intolerance have celiac disease which is an autoimmune illness that affects the normal functioning of the digestive system. It is important then for those allergic to gluten to maintain a gluten-free diet to avoid symptoms such as watery eyes, difficulty in breathing, itchiness, stomach upset, and diarrhea.
No ‘hops’ for sure
While beer uses hops to make the taste bitter, cider does not use it at all. This is good news for those who dislike the bitter after-taste of beer and more importantly, for those who are allergic to the hop plant. Like gluten allergy, people who have a hops allergy similarly exhibit symptoms such as rashes, runny nose, eyelid swelling, and difficulty in breathing.
So, are you ready to try cider?