In today’s market, there are hundreds of fruit juice products available to consumers. Many of these so-called “healthy” juices claim to offer a vast array of vitamins as well as health benefits. But is this really the case? How can you know which juices to take home to your family?
Fruit juices are often viewed as healthy. This is understandable because juice comes from natural fruit. When choosing a beverage, many consumers would opt for juice over an alternative such as soda. However, if you take a closer look at what’s inside these products, you may be surprised at just how similar their ingredients are.
It is true that juices such as orange juice do often offer vitamins and antioxidants; however, these benefits are often counteracted by the huge amounts of sugar within these products. If you compare the nutrition information on the back label of almost any popular orange juice brand, you will find that it contains just as much, if not more, sugar than your average can of cola. The same goes for the number of calories.
Unfortunately, the manufacturers of these fruit juices are not always honest with the consumer about what’s in their product. Even if the juice is labeled 100% pure or “not from concentrate” you still may not be getting the product that you’re expecting. Often times after the juice is squeezed from the fruit; it is stored in huge oxygen-depleted tanks for long periods of time before it is finally packaged into cartons or bottles. In the process, much of the flavor of the fruit is lost, creating the need for artificial sweeteners and flavor additives. Therefore, even if you are purchasing the highest quality juice from your local supermarket, it is still far from its original state.