Fruit Juice

• Real fruit juice

If it’s real fruit juice, it will say so.

If it’s 100% fruit juice, that is such marketing plus that those words will be splashed all over the label. Similarly, the real thing will boast ‘no preservatives, no artificial colouring’ where you won’t be able to miss those words. The same applies when you purchase a drink in a juice bar – if they’re ‘all natural’ they certainly let you know.

Beware: ’100% pure fruit juice’ does not necessarily mean the contents are only 100% fruit juice; it may mean that the percentage of fruit juice in the container is 100% pure. Read the fine print.

• Contains fruit juice

Other drinks admit that they contain only a percentage of fruit juice.

For example ‘Pine Coconut Fruit Drink’ contains 35% fruit juice as well as reconstituted pineapple juice, coconut milk powder, food acids (330, 332), vegetable gum (440), flavour, vitamin C (300) and water.

Why not drink the real thing?

• Contains no fruit

Some drinks contain no real fruit, just colouring and flavouring. Just like ‘empty’ foods, these are empty drinks.

Unless the sugar rush makes it all worthwhile, you’re better off drinking pure water. Somehow, these drinks make you thirsty!

Vegetable Juice

Like fruit juices, vegetable juice contains varying amounts of the real thing. Tinned tomato juice probably contains a percentage of reconstituted tomato juice as well as sugar and salt.

The best vegetable juices are home made. Treat yourself to a new juicer, and drink your vegies! Pop these vegies in the blender and make your own V8: tomatoes, carrots, celery, beets, parsley, lettuce, watercress and spinach.


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