4 useful facts about carbonated juices and natural juices
Drinking carbonated juices contributes to obesity, but investigative journalists reveal some more facts about many favorite juices.
- Stimulates the deposition of hidden fat in the organs – individuals who drank carbonated juices had a dramatic increase in harmful hidden fat (liver and skeletal fat). Their cholesterol levels also increased by 11% (because they contain sweeteners and food dyes) compared to people who did not drink carbonated juices. These ingredients are associated with hyperactivity and brain cell damage. People who drink carbonated juices also have a higher risk of diabetes.
- They contain substances to prevent burning – in some carbonated drinks (in the form of brominated vegetable oil) you can find chemicals that are used in the manufacture of textiles and for coating various products to prevent burning. Their role is to prevent the separation of artificial flavors from the rest of the liquid. They can cause bromine poisoning which can also lead to memory loss.
- They contain GMO corn – harmful, artificial corn syrup is used to sweeten many carbonated beverages. This syrup is obtained mainly from GM corn. New research shows that GMO production causes faster aging, damage to the digestive tract and infertility.
- They cause bone loss and caries – analysis of the results of 90 studies shows that higher consumption of carbonated juice causes lower consumption of milk. It is interesting that people drank 3 cups of milk and only 1 cup of carbonated beverage in the 50s in the 20th century. Today it is exactly the opposite. They are not good for the teeth either because the high concentration of simple sugars causes tooth decay.
- The truth about 100% fruit juice – people are used to the fact that 100% fruit juice from oranges (or other fruits) can be bought 365 days a year. Large juice producers assure customers that the liquid (they sell) is natural, pure and simple and that the product is 100% natural juice. However, the details of the true nature of fruit juices are omitted. Journalists from the American magazine The New York Times once addressed naturally squeezed juices and announced that producers are only “relatively honest”. For example, in the 1930s they managed to sell the phrase “not from concentrate” to show that pasteurized juice (which they sell) is better than cheap juice made from concentrate. They convince consumers that pasteurized juice is a more natural, fresher and generally better product that deserves a high price. In reality, pasteurized juice does not contain better ingredients, but the production of this juice is more expensive and more demanding. Oxygen is removed from the pasteurized juice so that the juice does not oxidize in storage (where it is stored for up to a year). However, when oxygen is removed from the juice, the ingredients that contribute to the taste are also removed. Juice manufacturers therefore hire flavor and fragrance manufacturers (similar to those who produce fragrances for perfumes). The ingredients that restore the taste and natural aroma to the juice are subsequently added to the juice. The label doesn’t list these details because it’s derived from oranges and oil (although people who know the technology will tell you it has little to do with nature). Therefore, it is a good idea to get a juicer and make homemade juices from fruits from organic production.