If you have ever got confused about buying any citrus bottled juice like orange or lemon juice from the store about the difference between the Juice From Concentrate and the Fresh one, then here are some of the facts that i have collected to clear out my confusion about the same topic.
Normally, you would see that the bottle would have the ‘100% juice’ marked in bold characters and the ‘Juice from concentrate’ would be embarked in small characters on the back side of bottle. I was almost always confused about is there really any difference between two terms? Why do they have to write it explicitly if it is 100% juice? What does the concentrate actually means? Is it good or bad to drink this kind of juice?
Is Juice From Concentrate Better Than Or Equal To Fresh Juice?
- 100% Juice From Concentrate = 100% Real Juice + Water (may or may not be there) + Some Preservatives/ Additives: The juice from concentrate is really juice from the real fruit. The only difference is that it was processed i.e. its water content was evaporated after extracting it from the real fruit (e.g Orange or Lemon) and then dried up to make a powder. This powder form of the juice is called concentrate. Companies do it to make it less bulky and hence cheaper in transportation by removing the fruit skin and its water.Now, the final juice manufacturing/selling company would add water along with some preservatives to bring it back to the liquid form once again before bottling. They would certainly add water and some additives to retain the color, odor and taste of the juice to match its original here.So, technically, it is still 100% juice but from a concentrated form.
The real juice (not the real fuit juice company) on the other hand would reach the bottle straight from its own original fruit form.
- Using Any One Is Better Than None: As far as the choice of which one to use is concerned, you can use any. Just make sure that the bottled one does not contain additional ingredients which may make it less than 100% of what it should be. The fresh one in any case is better than the concentrated one, if you have the choice. You can certainly go with the bottled concentrated juice with no major tensions about its healthiness. I would say that it is 90% of what the real juice would be if extracted on your own.
- Fresh Juice’s Life Span And Quality: All the citrus juices like orange or lemon start to loose their taste as and when they come in contact with oxygen due to the chemical reactions. You would have noticed this when you have kept the lemon juice out for a while and the taste starts to turn extra sour. This reaction also makes the juice more acidic (also called Baadi in Hindi). That is why our elders have always advised us to drink the citrus juices as soon as they are extracted or the juice bottle is opened. If you keep it hanging on the shelf for little more than 1/2 hour, the real value of it goes down exponentially.To add one more important point, companies who sell bottled fresh fruit juice certainly have pasteurized it. The pasteurization (includes heating to kill germs) process certainly makes the real juice loose its taste. So, most of them would have added some colors or the taste matching additives to make it as close as to the real juice.This brings us to the conclusion that bottled real juice may actually contain less nutritional value than the ‘juice from concentrate’. The final decision is still yours though!
Extracting Lemon Juice is no art but if you use this simple trick, you can very well take out the maximum possible drops from the lemon even when you are not using the Lemon Juice extracter!
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