Sunday, September 29, 2013
For years I wondered which orange juice to buy. Some said pasteurized, some said from concentrate and some said fortified. What is the difference and which is best? Here is what I found out.
Pasteurized - Almost all supermarket orange juice is pasteurized (heated to a high temperature), increasing its shelf life and ensuring that the juice doesn't separate.
Frozen Concentrate Orange Juice - This is orange juice with the water removed. When prepared according to package directions, it has about the same amount of vitamin C as not-from-concentrate juice.
From Concentrate - The water has been removed form this juice for storage, then added back in before bottling. In terms of nutrition and price, buying a carton of OJ "from concentrate" is about the same as mixing it yourself.
Fortified Orange Juice - These varieties have added nutrients. Most have calcium and vitamin D added.
Not From Concentrate - Just like fresh-squeezed juice, there’s no water, sugar, or preservatives added, only 100 percent pure premium quality pasteurized.
Now I know the difference and can make my decision knowingly.