If you’re like me, your diet isn’t perfect but you try and make better choices for your family. One way many moms have tried to do that is to buy fruit juices with no additives. Well all of that “100% orange juice, not from concentrate” may not really be 100% orange juice either. As explained by Gizmodo the process is this:
Once the juice is squeezed and stored in gigantic vats, they start removing oxygen. Why? Because removing oxygen from the juice allows the liquid to keep for up to a year without spoiling. But! Removing that oxygen also removes the natural flavors of oranges. Yeah, it’s all backwards. So in order to have OJ actually taste like oranges, drink companies hire flavor and fragrance companies, the same ones that make perfumes for Dior, to create these “flavor packs” to make juice taste like, well, juice again.
Since “flavor packs” are made from orange byproducts, they don’t have to be considered an ingredient, and therefore are not required to appear on food labels. However, many of these ingredients are chemically altered. Yikes?
Solution? Get your juicer out!