Thought of the Day (1/2/10)

Just finished reading this article called, “Praxair Technology Enables Processed Juice to TasteLike Fresh Squeezed.” (Link: http://www.allbusiness.com/food-beverage/food-science-technology-food-additives/6537859-1.html) It was written back in 2000. Even though I can only image how food is processed these days to taste better, cook faster, and look better, I was still very surprised when I read it. The juices are made to taste like fresh squeezed??? What??? Aren’t juices supposed to taste natural from all the fruits and vegetables anyway? Why do we need to add additives and chemicals to make the juices taste better? Maybe I just don’t get it. When I was growing up in Russia, all of the juices were freshly squeezed and sold in stores. The fruits were grown on private farms, and NOT treated with pesticides of any kind, thus, you ate what mother nature grew – organic fruits and vegetables. Is it really necessary to put a pound of sugar into an already sweet juice? Is it necessary to add flavors and chemicals to juices that already contain the natural flavors from the fruits?

I recently went to a friend’s house and she made freshly squeezed fruit juice. It was amazing! It contained, carrots, oranges, apples, ginger, and beet root. Nothing else was added, no water, no sugar, no artificial flavors. All natural juice! I went home that night and ordered a Juice Extractor. I am disgusted when I think of what they put into the “all natural” orange juice that I drink each morning. Ever wondered why the pulp doesn’t separate from the juice? Yeah, might want to do some research on that. We are tricked into thinking that store juices are good for us, when in reality, it’s one of many toxic things that we put in our bodies. Never again will I buy a juice from a store! If you care about your family’s health, you would go out and buy yourself a Juice Extractor and make your own freshly squeezed juices. For under a $100, you can drink fresh fruit and vegetable juices everyday.

There was a study that was done on how freshly squeezed juice lowers the risk of obesity. “The study contained data collected from the National Health and Nutrition Examination survey between 1999 and 2004. Dr. Mark Pereira from the University of Minnesota and co-author Dr. Victor Fulgoni found that those who drank 100% freshly squeezed juice had lower mean body mass index, smaller waist circumference and lower insulin resistance, compared to those who did not consume fresh juice on a daily basis. They found an inverse association between the amount of juice consumed and the above parameters.” (Link: http://www.naturalnews.com/026226_fruit_juice_obesity_fruits.html).

I am really curious to read a book called “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto”. (Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594201455?ie=UTF8&tag=participroduc-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1594201455).

If anyone is interested in reading it too, let me know and I will loan you a copy once I buy it and read it.

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One thought on “Thought of the Day (1/2/10)

  1. I like the first article about keeping juice tasting fresh, but the second article about the findings of the doctor that people who drink fresh juice tend to be healthier seems to me a false correlation. People who seek out fresh juice tend to be healthier in the first place, so I feel there is no straight correlation between people who drink fresh juice and waist size. People who can afford to drink fresh juice most likely have more resources to spend on other products that will keep them healthier.

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