Fruit juices are a valuable source of vitamins, minerals and bioactive compounds. Currently, the market offers a wide range of juices without sugar, clarified, cloudy, puree, concentrated, pasteurized or unpasteurized. Find out what the properties of fruit juices are and what juice is best to choose.
What are fruit juices?
Fruit juices are products made from fresh, ripe fruit, which is why the nutritional value of juices is similar to the nutritional value of the fruit from which they were prepared.
Fruit juices are a valuable source of vitamins, minerals and bioactive compounds. Consumed in moderate amounts, within one of the five recommended daily servings of vegetables and fruits (basing on WHO recommendations), have health benefits, including reducing the risk of heart disease, atherosclerosis, cancer and delay ageing.
Fruit juices – types
Due to the type of heat treatment, unpasteurized juices (juices with a short shelf life), pasteurized at low temperature and pasteurized juices – the most stable ones are distinguished.
Fruit juices – health properties
Fruit juices are a source of vitamins and minerals, primarily vitamin C, folates and potassium. In addition, they are rich in polyphenols and carotenoids – antioxidant compounds. Black currant juice, chokeberry juice and red grape juice are particularly good sources of polyphenols. Depending on the method of juice production, differences in fibre content are observed.
What fruit juice should you choose?
When choosing fruit juice, pay attention to the method of production and composition of the juice. Fruit juice must not contain sweeteners, dyes and preservatives. It also cannot have added sugar, which is regulated by the European Union directive. The best choices are naturally pressed juices and puree juices.