Which are the healthiest Mixed Fruit Juices and Fruit Drinks Brands?

Do you know that added sugar is not permitted in the pure (100%) juices? It is permitted only in fruit beverages or fruit drinks. Do you know that there is a limit to add synthetic color to  fruit juices and ready to serve fruit beverages and fruit drinks? It is such and other aspects that we have tested of nine popular brands in the market to recommend healthiest fruit juices and fruit drinks for you.

 

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Overview

From a health perspective, fresh juice is of course preferable but its limited availability during off seasons may make the packaged variant a convenient choice for consumers. And does this convenience entail any compromise, in the sense that the processing bit may also reduce the quantity of nutrients and enzymes inherently available in the fresh fruits?

Several domestic and multinational companies are marketing their brand of fruit juices/fruit beverages/fruit drinks from juice concentrates, adding permitted preservatives and colouring substances for better acceptability. Are they all generally safe for consumption, keeping in mind the possibility of contamination by pesticide residues or heavy metals like lead and arsenic? What factors determine the quality and taste of the juice/drink?

The following report assesses, among other things, the sugar profile of three brands of mixed fruit juice and six of ready-to-serve fruit drinks.

You might like to read: Fresh Fruit Juice vs Packaged juice

Brands Tested

Mixed Fruit Juices (100%)

  • Real Activ(100%)
  • Tropicana (100%)
  • 24 Mantra Organic (100%)

Ready to serve Fruit Drinks/Beverages

  • Real Fruit Power
  • Patanjali
  • Minute Maid
  • Tasty Treat
  • Delmonte
  • Tropicana
Note: In the pure (100%) juices, added sugar is not permitted and in beverage or ready to drink juices, it is permitted. 

Parameters Studied

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