Why is This Not on Your Bottle of Orange Juice?
Well, if you haven’t already predicted it, you don’t see any indication of added flavor packs, flavors, or ingredients of any sort because these flavor packs come from orange by-products… even though those by-products are anything but oranges anymore and have been chemically altered.
Now, this is a good question… because it’s got such a good answer. Or a few. Now, first of all, what is the nutritional value of what you are drinking in the end? I would not be surprised if there was hardly any value in it at all. But, beyond the lack of value, should we be drinking this stuff at all? Here’s another great quote from Kristen of Food Renegade:
Juice removed from the fruit is just concentrated fructose without any of the naturally-occurring fiber, pectin, and other goodies that make eating a whole fruit good for you. Did you know, for example, that it takes 6-8 medium sized apples to make just 1 cup of apple juice? You probably wouldn’t be able to eat 6-8 medium apples in a single sitting. (I know I can barely eat one!) But you can casually throw back a cup of apple juice, and you would probably be willing to return for seconds. That’s why fruit juice is dangerous. It’s far too easy to consume far too much sugar.
Good point. Of course, they must use the same process for all of these 100% juices that taste the same every time you buy them, no matter what time of year it is.
So, next time you want some juice, maybe try making it yourself instead… (unless you don’t really care about everything above).
I have to admit that I’m a bit of a juice fan (though, don’t actually drink it that much). I might have a hard time switching but am intent on it now. And it’s really not all that hard, so it shouldn’t be any trouble!