The 6 Biggest Scams In The Fruit Juice Aisle

Thomas Nelson | HigherPerspective

When you walk down the juice aisle to pick up your favorite juice, what do you expect to be in it? Juice, perhaps? That’s not always the case. So what are the six biggest scams of the fruit juice aisle?

They don’t even contain any juice.

Many products labeled as juice don’t even contain in them any juice. For example, products like Tropicana’s Twister Cherry Berry contains no berry or cherry juice, and the color doesn’t even come from the ingredients, but rather, petroleum-based food dyes. It’s cheaper for them and worse for you. Red #40, a common artificial dye, has been linked to ADHD and other health problems.

Juices are loaded with cheap fillers.

Trop50’s Pomegranate Blueberry juice is a prime example of this. It contains more apple juice than pomegranate juice, and more grape juice than blueberry. They’re cheaper than the actual fruits advertised on the label. So in every sense, they’re lying about the nature of the product. Not sure if your pomegranate juice isn’t just apple juice? Read. The. Label.

“Natural” juices are maybe not actually so natural.

Natural means natural, right? Not in the world of marketing garbage to our faces. Studies have found pesticide residues and GMO ingredients in many “natural” juices. Does that sound natural to you?

Unnatural fiber fillers.

Fruits and vegetables are loaded with fiber. But juices like Welch’s 100% Grape Juice With Fiber doesn’t actually contain natural sources of fiber, but the processed food additive Maltodextrin, a starch-like carbohydrate that resists digestion. Want the fiber? Just eat the fruit.

Some fruit juices contained toxic fungicides.

According to some studies, fungicides that are toxic and actually banned in the US are showing up in about 15% of orange juice sold in the United States. The FDA has been ramping up regulatory efforts after Coca-Cola, the owner of the Minute Maid and Simply Orange brands were found to contain toxic carbendazim. If the fruit comes from countries like Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico and Belize, where the fungicide isn’t illegal, you’re more likely to inadvertently consume it.

Last but not least, some fruity sports drinks contain flame retardants.

Not being on fire is one of my favorite things to be. But that doesn’t necessarily mean I want to drink flame retardant sports drinks to maintain that status. Sports drinks aren’t exactly a juice, but scientists have linked a flame retardant ingredient called Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO) to bromine poisoning in people who drink a lot of sports drinks. BVO is founds in products like Gatorade Thirst Quencher Orange, Powerade Strawberry Lemonade, and Mountain Dew, among other sodas.

Kind of makes you think twice about the fruit juices, doesn’t it?

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