Food & Nutrition

Is Appletiser healthy? We take a close look

Published by Finn Hayden

We're often told to avoid drinking too many fizzy drinks, and it's no wonder - most of them are packed with sugar and other additives which are bad for your teeth and waistline.

Despite being a fizzy drink, Appletiser is often thought of as a healthy alternative to most fizzy drinks out there. But is that actually the case? We wanted to take a close look at Appletiser to see how healthy it actually is, let's get into it:

What is Appletiser?

People often assume that Appletiser is made using lots of ingredients, but it's actually just carbonated apple juice, with nothing else added. There are very few fizzy drinks out there which contain so few ingredients.


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We'll start with the positives, as there is a lot to like about the simplicity of Appletiser. As we mentioned previously, the only ingredient is carbonated apple juice. That means Appletiser contains no added sugar and no added preservatives or anything else artificial. This puts Appletiser in a very unique position as one of the few mainstream fizzy drinks which doesn't contain added sugar or sweetener.


However, just because Appletiser is simple, doesn't mean that it's great for you. As is well documented, fruit juice is packed with naturally occurring sugar, and that's definitely the case for Appletiser. This drink contains 10.5g of sugar per 100ml - that's only 0.1g of sugar less than regular Coca-Cola.

Fruit juice is also high in calories, so consequently Appletiser is high in calories too. If we compare Appletiser to Coca-Cola again, Appletiser actually contains 5 more calories per 100ml compared to regular Coca-Cola (47 calories per 100ml versus 42 calories per 100ml).

And lastly, if you were hoping that Appletiser was lower in carbs than regular Coca-Cola then we have bad news for you - Appletiser contains 11g of carbs per 100ml, which is 0.4g of carbs per 100ml more than regular Coca-Cola.

Anything else to mention?

The other bad news about Appletiser is that it's made from apple juice from concentrate rather than pure apple juice. For people who aren't aware, fruit juice from concentrate is fruit juice from which most of the water has been extracted. Extracting the water also means extracting a lot of the nutrients and fibre which make fruit juice so healthy, so people shouldn't think that drinking Appletiser is like drinking a normal glass of pure apple juice.

So, is Appletiser healthy?

Overall, we'd say that Appletiser can't really be described as healthy - it contains more calories than regular Coca-Cola and almost the same amount of sugar, plus it's made using apple juice from concentrate which contains far fewer nutrients compared to pure apple juice.

Let us know what you think of our guide and if you want us to review any other fizzy drinks!

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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