Not all juices are created equal. There are affordable juices. Affordable that buying one is cheaper than getting a bottled water. There are expensive juices, you’re gonna think that buying a fresh fruit is better, cheaper and healthier.
Okay! In its strictest sense, most processed juice cannot beat its natural counterpart. Tomato which the phytochemical lycopene is released during heating is an exception. Heating process usually strips fruits of its nutrients.
In case you really need or cannot avoid buying a processed juice, there are two main points to consider.
1) Number of Ingredients. If there are too many ingredients. Then, it is likely that you are getting too little of real juice. The lack of natural sap is being masked by too many flavorings and preservatives. According to… any food from grocery shelf with more than five ingredients is not healthy.
2) The Type of Ingredients. If the ingredients you see are few but with terms such as “artificial and nature identical”, then turn and look for better options.
I think this Del Monte 100% Pineapple Juice is a good example. It only has four ingredients namely, natural pineapple juice, ascorbic acid, Vitamin A and Vitamin E. It is not really 100% percent cause of four ingredients declared.
As its name suggest, it’s a natural juice from pineapple. Vitamin A and Vitamin E as nutrient fortification while ascorbic acid serves two purposes, as nutrient fortification and preservative. The latter farther increased the pineapple juice acidity making it not conducive for bacterial growth.
This canned pineapple juice is more sour and less sweet.