Nutrition Facts for Sparkling Cider

Sparkling cider is a bubbly, non-alcoholic form of apple juice often used as a celebratory beverage in place of champagne. Although the fizzy beverage has certain nutritional benefits and is free of fat, cholesterol and sodium, sparkling cider has a relatively high calorie content at about 140 calories per 8-ounce serving.

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Antioxidants

According to researchers at University of California Davis School of Medicine, a moderate intake of apple juice contains antioxidants that may slow the accumulation of plaque in the arteries, resulting from LDL, or "bad," cholesterol. Other research, including a study by University of Massachusetts Lowell's Center for Cellular Neurobiology and Neurodegeneration Research, indicates that the antioxidants in apple juice may support healthy brain function.

Potassium

Potassium is an essential mineral that promotes cell function, digestion, and function of muscles, organs and tissues. Eating a diet that includes potassium-rich foods balanced with moderate amounts of sodium may help maintain a healthy water balance in the body, which in turn supports healthy blood pressure. One 8-ounce serving of apple cider contains approximately 120 milligrams of potassium. Based on a 2,000 calorie per day diet, this equals about 3 percent of the recommended daily value.

Riboflavin and Niacin

Sparkling apple cider contains generous quantities of riboflavin and niacin -- both B vitamins -- providing 8 percent of the recommended daily value of each. Riboflavin aids the cells in energy production, while promoting eyesight and healthy skin. Niacin supports nerve function and healthy skin, while maintaining normal digestion, enzyme function and appetite.

Carbohydrates

One 8-ounce serving of sparkling cider contains 35 grams of carbohydrates including 31 grams of sugar . Carbohydrates are an essential part of a healthy diet because they convert to sugar in the body, providing the energy needed to function. Fruit, vegetables, whole grains and beans are the best sources of carbohydrates because the high fiber content regulates the way the body processes sugar. Sparkling cider may not be the best beverage for diabetics and others who strive to moderate blood sugar because it contains no fiber to regulate the absorption of sugar and keep blood sugar in check.

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