Most of us have a good idea of what fruit juices can do – they are good for our health, for one, and everyone is aware that most fruit and vegetable juices in concentrated form have some serious vitamins and compounds found only in plants. So when we consume fruit juice concentrate, we get the full benefits of fruit and vegetable juice – from the nutrients to the compounds that all increase our immune system and even contribute to better skin. Take orange juice, for instance – orange juice is known to fight inflammation caused by obesity. In a study, individuals who were obese took orange juice after their meals for a minimum of seven days consecutively, and they experienced decreased inflammation. In another study, it was found that people who were obese who supplemented their diets with mixed veggie and fruit juice concentrate also decreased inflammation plus bad cholesterol whilst exhibiting an increase in muscle mass.
It’s evident that with all these benefits, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t take our share of fruit and vegetable juice. But the big question is, in what form? Here, then, is a list of the kinds of juices and mixes made from fruit juice concentrate.
Kinds of juice concentrate
It should be mentioned that there are several kinds of fruit juice concentrate, and some are healthier than others. Some are less healthy because they have additives, such as sugar and salt, which may not be suitable for everyone. Additionally, some have added preservatives meant to increase their shelf life, so they are not good. It’s up to you to decide which kind is good for you, but to give you an idea, here are the three main types:
- 100 per cent fruit juice concentrate
A hundred per cent fruit juice concentrate is the most healthy option – since they are loaded with all the vitamins and nutrients and are only sweetened using their natural sugars – not artificial sugars. Bear in mind, though, that this kind of juice concentrate may still contain additives. And if you are worried about the number of preservatives and flavourings, the best thing you can do is check the list of ingredients.
- Fruit beverage, punch, or cocktail
Another kind of fruit juice concentrate that is highly popular is a fruit beverage, punch, or cocktail, which is made from a juice blend. These would usually include additional sweeteners or flavours to compensate for the lack of fruit. Again, reading the labels is essential – if the first ingredient on the list is sugar such as high fructose corn syrup, you may want to avoid consuming this juice.
- Powdered juices
Third on the list but also very popular, especially with kids, is powdered fruit juice. These are often dehydrated using methods such as freeze-drying and spray-drying, and with this, all the water content is removed – which takes up less space.
Studies have pointed out that concentrated mixes such as these are linked with decreased inflammation and an increase in antioxidants, and chronic inflammation is often associated with many diseases, including diabetes and cancer. You must remember that many powdered juices have lots of sugar, so read and assess the labels as carefully as possible.
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