These days, advertising seems to be all about tricking the consumer into buying a product, whether it’s what they are looking for or not. A perfect example of this is juice. Instead of writing a blog jammed packed with scientific terms and explanations, I wanted to simplify the information you need in order to purchase a healthy juice. Don’t get tricked by juice companies…look further than the words some advertising team uses to get your attention. Read the list of ingredients and make sure it’s pure!
When I first learned about the health benefits of the Fat Flush cran-water, I immediately wanted to give it a try. I had never been a huge juice drinker and when it said go buy 100% cranberry juice I thought, “OK, no problem!” Little did I know, I was in for a very confusing and frustrating trip to the grocery store.
So Many Options
First of all, there are so many different brands and different types of juice all claiming different things. Some say “heart-healthy,” while others highlight the antioxidants in their brand. Which is better? Is there a difference between “fruit juice” and “100% fruit juice”? These were just some of the questions that came to my head. Needless to say I was standing in the juice aisle…lost.
If you keep these 3 phrases in mind you should be able to get a juice that’s purely delicious and nutritious :
100% fruit juice
* Labels that say “100% fruit juice” are the only drinks that are real juice. You want to avoid any other plays on this phrase, such as “fruit juice”.
* Stay away from these words: drink, cocktail, beverage, nectar, etc.
No additives or “artificial flavors”
* Check the ingredients and avoid these red-flags:
– Sugar (often disguised as words ending with –ose, like “glucose” or “sucralose”)
– Cane juice
– Natural sweeteners (honey, maple, etc.)
– Artificial sweeteners (aspartame, neotane, etc.)
– Colors or dyes
– High fructose corn syrup
– Artificial flavors (“flavor enhancers”)
* It must say “USDA Organic.” If it says something like, “made with organic ingredients,” it is not truly organic.
Keep these basics in mind and you’ll be sure to steer clear of the tricky juice bandits!