Juice from Concentrate

Juice from concentrate is easily accessible to many, but what exactly is it? Juice that is from concentrate essentially means that the water content from the fruit has been removed. It is the frozen and concentrated form of fruit juices, which can be kept frozen until use, extensively prolonging the time in which they will remain fresh and consumable.

It is quite popular due to its low cost compared to other types, but is it good for you? Are there any negative points to note? What about other types of fruit juices, which is best? This article will help you to ascertain the answers to these questions.

Is Juice from Concentrate Healthy?

The nutritional values of juice from concentrate can vary for different types of juice with considering the content of addictive. As an example, the nutrition chart of the apple juice is listed below for your reference.

Nutrition Facts of Apple Juice from Concentrate: 1 Cup Serving

Nutrition

Amounts

Calorie

112

Sugar

26.12g

Carbohydrates

27.58g

Potassium

300mg

Vitamin C

1.4mg

Sodium

25mg

* Figures are based on U.S.Department of Agriculture's Nutrient Database

For orange juice from concentrate, it has nearly the same nutrition content of the apple juice with an exception of 96.9 mg vitamin C content.

One thing for certain is that 100% fruit juice both from concentrated or squeezed freshly can be a good choice, because it can offer vitamins as well as minerals such as potassium at high concentration. Vitamin C can aid to strengthen the body's healing capability from bruises. Potassium in fruit can help with lowering blood pressure.

Watch Out for Added Sugar

However, juice from concentrate should not be taken in replace of whole, raw fruits which contain more nutritious benefits. And you should not drink too much concentrate juice because of high sugar contents. If possible, opt for types with 100% juice instead of added sugar or high-fructose corn syrup. In general, those called juice drinks or juice cocktails have added sugar instead of 100% fruit juice.

Juice is versatile and does not have to be drunk as it is. It can be utilized whilst cooking—mixing orange juice from concentrate with fresh mint, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil to make a delectable salad dressing or garnish.

Choosing Healthy Juices

If you don't want to drink juice from concentrate with added sugar, here are more healthy options:

1. 100% Juice

If the label says 100% juice, this essentially means that there is nothing else within the juice but the juices of the fruits or vegetables used to make it. This means the juice will contain no additives or unwanted chemicals, although the shelf-life will not be as long as other forms of juice.

 2. Flash Pasteurized

This process involves heating the fruit juice to high temperatures, twice, to kill the bacteria within it, and then cooling the juice to specific temperatures. This works to remove bacteria and prolong the shelf-life of the juice.

3. Raw

This form of fruit juice has not undergone any forms of processing. This means that the juice remains in its natural state, maintaining, apparently, the natural and beneficial enzymes within them. It is important to remember that once fruit has been juiced, bacteria may quickly form. For this reason, only make as much as you can drink at one time.

4. Cold Pressed

The beneficial enzymes within fruit juices may be destroyed by heating the juice (as you would in pasteurization). Cold pressed juice, it is thought, does not remove these beneficial enzymes, leaving the juice full of beneficial effects, by maintaining all of the minerals, vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants, amino acids, carbohydrates, water, and essential fatty acids.

Conclusion

It is important to remember that eating whole, raw fruit will always be better than juice from concentrate, even if you opt for 100% fruit juice concentrates. Whole, raw fruit often contains less calories, and increased levels of nutrients and fiber than concentrated fruit juice. If you wish to drink fruit juice for their delicious flavor, try to limit the volume you drink to one serving per day, and ensure to eat plenty of raw, whole fruits also. 

 
 
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