At a kitty party or a get-together of college buddies, packaged fruit juices have become a go-to beverage alternative all over the world. Many people consider packed fruit juice to be the best alternative to unhealthy carbonated soft drinks and it is very easy to use; just open, pour & drink it! Definitely, it has a refreshing taste but does the taste always equate with health? Have you ever wondered what goes behind the scenes? Probably, No. This usually happens when masses are intensely blinded by false advertisements.
In this blog, we shall be throwing light on whether packed fruit juices are really healthy or not?
Packed fruit juices are drastically standardized. It means that the brands use external flavor, food coloring & many other additives to alter its original taste, odor & appearance. All of this is done to appeal to our senses so that we prefer them over natural juices.
These juices are high in fructose and fructose is associated with insulin resistance, high triglycerides, high uric acid, fatty liver, weight gain, obesity, and Type 2 Diabetes. These packed fruit juices contain an excess of low-quality sugar that our bodies are not designed to tackle, and it endangers our health & lifestyle. These concentrated sugar & calories can lead to obesity and unhealthy weight gain. Artificial flavors and additives harm our teeth too.
Apart from these, in packed fruit juices, many chemical preservatives are involved like sodium benzoate, sorbic acid, potassium sorbate, and so on. Due to high chemical processing, they lose precious nutrients. So why is it done? The answer is to increase its shelf life. Yes, you read that right. Packed fruit juice is pasteurized between 95-98 ℃, ranging from 30 sec to 30 min only to make sure that it doesn't get spoiled while this formula can damage your health completely.
Just remember: To absorb a fruit’s essential nutrients, always prefer to eat it whole instead of these packaged poison drinks or prefer homemade juice. Nature’s blessing should be consumed as it is rather than processing it.