Eating the fruit is always a better option than drinking its juice as when we eat a fruit we are directly taking in all the nutrients in it whereas in the process of making the juice we lose out on a lot of the nutrition available in the pulp or skin. All excuses aside we still love our Orange Juice!
The thing to note here is that store bought orange juice is mostly sugar loaded, but there are some options that are healthier. Ever wondered, which is the healthiest? Here, we give you a lowdown on the good and the bad of healthy orange juices.
Here are the leading orange juice brands in India-
Brand No. of calories Sugar content Vitamin C Potassium Calcium Added sugar.
Tropicana 48 kcal 11 gm 16 mg 170 mg 18 mg NA
Real Activ 48 kcal 12 gm 20 mg 86 mg 18 mg NA
Real 56 kcal 13 gm 12.5 mg 70 mg 5 mg Contains
Minute Maid 42 kcal 10.5 gm NA NA NA Contains
So, when compared both Activ and Tropicana took an immediate lead over Minute Maid and Real, since they had no added sugar. Their ingredients were primarily water and orange juice concentrate. Between Activ and Tropicana, Activ had marginally higher Calcium content, and Tropicana had more Potassium.
Product ingredients are listed in order of decreasing weight.Real’s is- water> orange juice concentrate> sugar, etc.Minute Maid’s is- water> sugar> orange juice, etc.Minute Maid has more sugar than Orange Juice, in its ‘Pulpy Orange’ drink!Between the Tropicana and Activ, the taste of Tropicana is better.
Note that most packaging is more than 100 ml. The smallest we found was 200 ml. Most of us consume a whole package, so be careful of how many calories you’re taking in. Still, the fruit is better than the juice, so go for that!