Monday, August 1, 2011
Citrusy Secrets: The Truth About Orange Juice
I am about to reveal the shocking truth about orange juice--even the so called orange juice that claims to be 100% pure, and not from concentrate! Picture the well known national commercial that depicts orange juice being so fresh that it shows a picture of a big juicy orange with a straw stuck through it. Oh, how I wish this was true!
The Queen of Green checked into exactly how commercial orange juice is made and was shocked at what she learned.
First, the oranges are squeezed and stored in big vats. In order to extend the shelf life of these oranges, the oxygen is removed from them. Not only does the process takes out the oxygen, but it also removes all the natural flavors from the oranges!
By now, you must be thinking, if the oranges have absolutely no natural citrus taste, how then does this glass of orange juice taste so darn good? To answer your question—these orange juice manufactures hire flavor and fragrance companies to artificially re-create the taste of oranges. How crazy is that?
These are the same companies that make perfume for Dior! These “flavor packs” are the key ingredient in orange juices, and it is what gives some brands sweeter taste versus other brands a more mellow taste. Since these “flavor packs” are made from orange by-products, you will not find them listed on the ingredient panel!
Drinking chemically altered orange juice does not sound appealing to me nor do I think that drinking a glass full of chemicals would be good for my health!
Food allergies are at an all-time high. It would only make since that the introduction of these chemically altered foods/beverages is our body's way of rejecting these foreign invaders that we want to believe is food.
These corporations may be able to trick our taste buds, but our bodies know what “real” food is! We must go back to eating the way inwhich nature intended—naturally. Now, go dust off your juicer and juice you some fresh pure orange juice!