Juices are mainly come into spotlight at winter when there are only apple, pear and tropical fruits available in the stores. Many people believe that bottled or canned juices are contain all the positive effects of the fresh and ripe fruits. But this is not completely true.
The cheap juices in the stores mainly contain fruits in a low percentage and in concentrated form only, with additives and due to the various processes the natural vitamins are dissolved and they are substituted by synthetic ones by the producer.
The list below shows the most common types of juices.
Juice drinks: mainly made of fruit concentrate, water, sugar, colour additives and acidity regulators. This means that these have nothing to do with real fruits, furthermore these are high in calories so these can lead to gaining weight.
Fruit nectars: a bit better than juice drinks as these must contain at least 25% juice. But it is made of condensed fruit and powdered fruit juice which can contain up to 20% of added honey, sugar or sweetener. High in calories as well.
100% juices: usually made of condensed fruit which is mixed in water, but in this case only a maximum of 1.5% natural sugar can be added to it. Its disadvantage is, that due to its high acidity, it can cause stomach irritation to those who are sensitive to it.
100% bio vegetable and fruit juices: as these come from certified organic producers, these must not contain any synthetic additives. Usually contains all the vegetable or the fruit, and does not contain any added sugar or other additive.
The 100% juices are the closest to the fresh fruit, but these are more expensive, than the other nectars or drinks. It is worth trying to mix them half and half with water, as these will still taste fine. The other option is to prepare vegetable or fruit juices by ourselves by citrus squeezer, citrus presser or with a centrifugal juicer. Consuming a daily amount of even 2-3 dl can significantly contribute to the strengthening of our immune system.