PROCESSED FRUIT JUICES – A NEW JUNK AFTER SOFT DRINKS!

PROCESSED FRUIT JUICES – A NEW JUNK AFTER SOFT DRINKS!

The recent Maggie noodles controversy came as a shock to many. However, there are other packaged food products we consume in our daily lives which are also not so safe, let alone being healthy.
We cannot turn a blind eye to the fact that the food products available in the markets that come in packages, cartons, cans, bottles, etc do not perish because of the added preservatives.
Fruit juice cartons available in the market aren’t the same as fresh fruits. Such juices have as much sugar as many conventional sweetened sugar drinks.
Many packaged juices that claim to have “100 percent juice” undergo an unnatural manufacturing process. The process involves the juices of the fruits being squeezed and then accumulated inside huge tanks. Most of the fruit juices filter out the dietary fiber present in the fruit. In order to help preserve the juice the oxygen is removed along with which the flavour also fades away. The juice is speedily heat treated due to which its pH converts into acid from alkaline. Not only the nutritional value is destroyed but the digestive enzymes it had as a fruit are also lost in this pasteurization process.
This particular processing is done in order to increase the shelf life of the fruit juice, which ranges from 3 months to around 2 years or so. While a natural fruit hardly lasts for a few days.
Synthetic colour, flavour and fragrances are then added to approximate the juice properties similar to that of the original. High-fructose corn syrup is an ingredient that is put in many juice products. This particular ingredient is alleged not only to increase the weight because of the high sugar content but also to increase blood sugar levels, high triglycerides, high uric acid, fatty liver, obesity and type II diabetes. The synthetic ingredients and preservatives added to the juice may cause carcinogenic consequences. Artificial flavours and additives may harm the teeth and intestines.
Some of the drinks that we have been buying under the pretext of them being fruit juice are not even juice in reality. They are just industrially produced fruit/juice concentrates. The question however is whether the manufacturers can be blamed for this? Well, it is debatable because the drink named ‘Real Fruit Power’, though in quite small letters, but does mention on its carton that it is a fruit ‘beverage’ and the word ‘juice’ does not even appear on the front of the carton. The fact is that the word ‘fruit’ gets highlighted and we grab it without proper attention.
Therefore, it is a good idea to go through the nutritional value labelling behind all packaged fruit drinks. It is also important to read the list of ingredients that appears either at the back or the side of the package. One should avoid the drink that has added corn syrup or added sugar because the fruit once converted to juice has enough sugar in itself. Also, added preservative, colour and flavour should be avoided.
These products should be had in moderation or avoided completely. Switch over and grab a piece of real fruit instead.
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Shivani Vivek Singh
A law graduate with a working experience in both the private and government sector.

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