Monday, April 23, 2012

Do you know the difference between fruit drink vs. fruit juice?

Today, there are so many drinks on the market that are labeled as juice that contain hardly any. The label is what always catches our eye first. You see the beautiful pictures of fruits and the actual word juice; you are obviously going to think that you are buying a nice and healthy drink with a high percentage of real fruit juice. Sadly this very often isn't the case. The drinks packaging is so misleading that the pure juice you think you are drinking is anything but.

Fruit Juice Drink and Fruit Juice Cocktails are fruit juice beverages that contain less than 100% juice. The percentage of juice appears on the Nutrition Facts grid on the product label. These beverages are a blend of and may contain some or all of the following:
· Real fruit juice
· Sweeteners (such as sugar and corn syrup, for flavor)
· Citric acid (to balance sweetness)
· Other ingredients (such as flavor, color and vitamins to enhance the overall quality of the product)

100% Fruit Juice means juice that is directly squeezed from a fruit or vegetable. It can be made from juice concentrate reconstituted with water. It may be a single fruit juice (such as grape or orange) or blend of fruit juices (such as white grape peach). A 100% juice product also may contain added vitamins or minerals, such as Vitamin C, that do not dilute the juice

The best thing that you can do is check the label for the exact wording and juice percentages.

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