Juice, or a calorie bomb full of sugar and preservatives?

Juice is a nutritious, all-natural product. It is made from fresh, chilled, or frozen ripe vegetables or fruit. Juice production is strictly regulated by the European Union. The color and taste of juices always come from the fruit and vegetables from which they are made. Juice should not be confused with other drinking products, which unfortunately often happens.

On a package of real juice, you will never find the information that it does not contain preservatives. Such an inscription may appear on other drinking products. This is due to the fact that juice, by definition, must not contain preservatives. Therefore, according to the law, producers cannot put such statements on the label. Unfortunately, this law is not very well known, which makes the consumer less aware.

1. Juice is a fattening product to which sugar is added. People who are watching their weight or want to lose weight should not drink juice.

False

If the nutrition label says that the juices contain sugar, be aware that this is the same sugar that was in the fruit or vegetable from which the juice was made.

The manufacturer would be breaking the law if they added any other sugar to such juice.

Small amounts of sugar can only be added to vegetable juices. This is done because of the taste of these products, which are often seasoned (e.g. with pepper or herbs) and thus perceived as tasty by the consumer. To sum up, the calorific value of juices is close to that of the products from which they are made.

The average calorific value for 100 ml of fruit juice is about 40-50 kcal, and for vegetable juice even less. For comparison, 100 g of oranges is about 45 kcal, and 100 ml of orange juice also contains about 45 kcal.

2. Juice in a carton or a bottle is a worthless product that does not contain vitamins and other nutrients important for health.

False

The juice production process used today is called pasteurization. Its aim is to ensure the microbiological safety of the product, i.e. to destroy microorganisms and enzymes which, if left in the juice, will lead to natural spoilage. In no way does this process affect negatively the nutritional value of juices.

Juice from a carton, regardless of the packaging, is a source of valuable vitamins and micro-nutrients.

3. Juice is an artificial product, containing preservatives and other artificial additives. Additionally, it is diluted with water.

False

If a product contains such substances, it is not a juice. It is also not true that juice is diluted with water. Every fruit juice and 100% vegetable juice, including reconstituted juice from concentrate, that is put on the shelf must contain the same amount of water as the fruit and vegetables from which it was made.