Isabelle, what is the added value of polyphenols and why should we consume them? What do you think about these amazing juices that have just stolen my heart?
Polyphenols are molecules widely distributed in the plant kingdom. Their role is to defend plants against various potential aggressions (UV radiation, insects, diseases, etc.). The presence of polyphenols can also affect the bitterness, astringency, colour, flavour and oxidation stability of the foods we consume.
The consumption of foods that are high in polyphenols also has health benefits. These molecules have antioxidant properties that can help the body fight against oxidative stress. Over the long term, a high-polyphenol diet, notably through a high intake of fruit and vegetables, could reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, inflammatory diseases and neurodegenerative diseases and contribute to the prevention of cancer.
However, be careful because, although these juices have no added sugar, they nonetheless contain large amounts of free sugars, that is to say sugars that are no longer part of the initial components of food in its raw state (in this case, the fruit fibre). Like all other juices and sweet beverages, they should be consumed in moderation. It is therefore preferable to dilute them with water or an infusion, as Madame’s recipe in this article suggests.
A point of interest for sportspersons and athletes! Some scientific studies have examined the beneficial effect of tart cherry juice on the post-exercise recovery process.