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say it ain’t so, tropicana

07/31/11 , , , , , ,

 

seeing “natural” on a food product might make you assume that it’s coming straight from mother nature’s garden.  wrong.   the usda doesn’t actually have any set standards for the label “natural,” leaving companies open to interpret it any way they please.  as an example, gizmodo highlights the gray area in the production of “natural” orange juice:

It all starts with the stripping of the oxygen. Once the juice is squeezed and stored in gigantic vats, they start removing oxygen. Why? Because removing oxygen from the juice allows the liquid to keep for up to a year without spoiling. But! Removing that oxygen also removes the natural flavors of oranges. Yeah, it’s all backwards. So in order to have OJ actually taste like oranges, drink companies hire flavor and fragrance companies, the same ones that make perfumes for Dior, to create these “flavor packs” to make juice taste like, well, juice again.

men’s health put together the eat this, not that encyclopedia to clear up misconceptions about other commonly used grocery terms.  check it out in the link below.

The ETNT! Encyclopedia – Men’s Health

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You’re ruining my life with reality. On the bright side, many grocery stores have a make-your-own-juice machine.

Melissa

07/31/11

haha yeah it’s getting down to making your own juice or just sticking to water. everything seems tainted.

note

07/31/11

But…If they are technically capable of recreating the chemical composition of orange juice…Isn’t it technically orange juice, still?

If I am able to recycle used printing paper into its prime components and remake it, isn’t it technically printing paper, still? It’s just been de-assembled and re-assembled.

Additionally, fruit juice is pretty much filled with sugars anyway; It’s not as good as, you know, eating an actual orange, or actually eating grapes. They might be natural sugars, but I bet they never told you that it’s as bad as drinking soft drinks. Juice is usually very concentrated, and even with no sugar added, has lots of natural sugars, and natural sugars are just as bad as artificial sugars (sugars that have been synthesized, do not confuse with sugar replacements, such as aspartame, which have worse effects than actual sugars on your health), in fact, they’re mostly the same; Fructose, for example, is synthesized, but it’s also found naturally in fruit and plants, and can help cancer cells grow; http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/fructose-can-trigger-cancer-cells-to-grow-faster-study-finds/article1669043/

Not so healthy, huh? And it’s all natural! The best bet is to just admit we’re screwed anyways. You don’t eat, you die. You eat, you die. It’s just about being smart on the concentrations/amount of sugars you ingest daily. Don’t eat a whole cake, and don’t eat 3 chocolate bars either. One chocolate bar every 3-4 days could be more reasonable, but 1 daily? Bad for you. Same as drinking too much orange juice. Yes, orange juice can make you fat. Heck, water can make you fat, and even bread can make you fat. What’s the big surprise here?

P.S. Even the water you drink from bottles is “tainted”. It’s STILL the same water you get out of your fridge, water distributing machine or from the sink. That goes to say, however, that if it is properly treated, there’s nothing to fear. 😉

Alexander

09/22/11

the point isn’t really if it’s still orange juice, but that they shouldn’t describe it as “100% pure and natural” when it’s not. i do agree though that natural or not, we have to be smart about the things that we ingest.

note

09/22/11

Ah, the “100% pure and natural”, I guess, is too vague, but I can agree about removing the label or specifying at least…

Besides, what does “100% pure” mean, specifically, anyway? Natural, ok, it means it wasn’t synthesized or artificially altered in any way, which indeed may be false about many brands of juices. (If not all of them?) It should be removed or made less vague, yes.

Alexander

09/23/11

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