Bottled Juices

by Leah
(Dayton, OH)

Q: Hi, I was wondering if bottled juices at the market are the same as juice that I juice myself with a juicer? What's the difference?

A: Believe it or not, a HUGE difference!

Juices from the store are pasturized, meaning they are heated and lose life giving nutrients! Vitamins and minerals are damaged, gone or severely compromised after it is heated above 105 degrees.

In the U.S., the FDA requires pasturization becauses juices get toxic after they oxidize.

If you are getting juices from a juice bar that keeps it no longer then 12-24 hours then that is okay, then it's fresh and has not been heated. My local supermarket does this and I sometimes buy a bottle.

Keep in mind many brands of juices add natural colors and flavorings to enhance the juice...which sort of defeats the purpose of why we juice.

When you juice fruits and vegetables yourself and drink it shortly after, you are ensuring that you are getting all of the nutrition from the produce.

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