Have you ever wondered why the taste of an orange fruit is quite different from the taste of an orange juice?
Often times people tend to rush out to the store to get the orange juice produced in the industry.
But the question is, does the orange juice produced in the industry have the same health value as the orange fruit?
Have you ever wondered why doctors or health practitioners prescribe orange fruit rather than orange juice?
Here’re the answers:
Orange juice is the liquid extract from the fruit of the orange tree, extracted by squeezing oranges. It comes in different varieties including blood orange.
The health value of orange juice is highly debatable. It has a high concentration of vitamin C, but also a very high concentration of simple sugars, comparable to soft drinks such as cola.
As a result of these, some government health professionals have encouraged the substitution of orange juice to the actual orange fruit.
A cup serving of raw, fresh, orange juice amounting to 248grams or 8 ounces, has 124mg of vitamin C. It also has 20.8g of sugars, and 112 calories. It supplies potassium, thiamin, and folate to the body.
Whereas citrus juices contain flavonoids (especially in the pulp) which may have health benefits but should still be taken with caution. Orange juice is also a source of antioxidant hesperidin because of its high content of citric acid, orange juice is acidic, with a typical pH of around 3.5.
During the 1920’s, people boil some juice from orange fruit, place it in a can and place it on the shelf for two weeks. This served as orange juice to them.
At the time, most people ate oranges rather than drink the juice. Coffee was part of the early morning food but consuming oranges in any form became an increasingly important part of a healthy lifestyle.
Now, many people enjoy the latest preservation technology offered: Canned juice, of which the orange juice is essentially boiled to death. Unsurprisingly, its flavour is somehow lacking.
As at 1929, ‘Acidosis’ was on almost every physician’s tongue and the cure was simple: consume oranges in any form and at every possible opportunity.
Commercial oranges are heavily processed and stored in giant tanks and the oxygen is removed from them, which makes the liquid last up to a year without getting spoilt.
This process makes the juice be flavourless and the industry knows that it would be undrinkable unless flavoured additives (flavour packs) are added. They use these flavour packs to re-flavour the juice.
If you buy a can of orange juice from the store, you can see the ones that are advertised as 100 percent juice, and not made from concentrate.
But have you ever wondered why every glass of every brand tastes exactly the same?
That’s because the flavour of any orange juice bought from the store has more to with chemistry than nature.
Some of the industries that produce orange juice will never indicate the added flavours because these flavours are derived from orange essences and oil. However, the appearance being natural doesn’t mean it is natural.
Non-transparency In Food Production
Reports have it that recently there have been lawsuits filed against PepsiCo, Tropicana’s parent company disputing its “all natural”labelling, in view of exposing some of the industry practices.
Many of the juice companies using the latest technological innovations have tried to mimic the usual fresh orange juice.
They go ahead and extract oil and orange essences and sell it to the flavour manufacturing companies who carefully use them to produce flavour packs customized to the company’s flavour specifications.
The juice, which has been patiently waiting in the storage tank for more than a year, is then pumped with these packs to restore its aroma and taste, which by this point will be thoroughly annihilated.
How To Produce Fresh Homemade Orange Juice
There are many ways one can produce fresh orange juice. It can be by manual means, using a blender or by using an electric juicer.
Here we are going to write the steps using the easiest of all the means: manual means of production.
Step One: Soften the oranges by squeezing them using your palms across the counter or table.
Step Two: Slice the oranges into halves and remove the seeds, if you want to go seedless use navel oranges.
Step Three: Juice the orange by gripping one of the orange halves tightly and squeezing it by hand, using a plain mixer to get all the juice out.
Step Four: Use a spoon to scrape the orange and add the pulp directly to the juice, if you are using a hand juicer. If you prefer a clear juice, pour the juice through a strainer before drinking. Add a pinch of black salt or sugar for more flavours. Some oranges are already sweet.
Step Five: Enjoy a crisp, cold glass of freshly squeezed, unpasteurized orange juice, the way it was intended to be.
Other Interesting Facts About The Orange Fruit
- While orange and freshly squeezed orange juice can be the source of vitamins and other nutrients, they are also very high in fructose.
- It is said that one-eighth ounce glass of orange juice contains about eight teaspoons full of sugar and at least 50 percent of that sugar is fructose. This is almost like a can of soda which contains approximately 10 teaspoons of sugar.
- The Sweet orange which is the kind that is most often eaten today grew first in Asia. But now, it grows in many parts of the world.
- There are over 600 varieties of oranges.
- Orange fruits are the fourth most popular fruit and orange juice is the most popular juice in America.
- Brazil is the largest producer of orange juice in the world.
- It is possible for more than one tree to grow from a single seed of an orange fruit.
- Oranges contain more fibre than most fruits and vegetables.
- More orange trees are killed by lightning than plant diseases.
- Oranges were known as the fruits of the Gods. They were often referred to as the ‘golden apples’ that Hercules stole.
- There are over 35, 000, 000 orange trees in Spain.
- Christopher Columbus brought the first orange to America in 1493.
- An orange tree can grow up to 30 feet and live for over a hundred years.
- Contrary to what most people think, orange was not named because of its colour. Instead, the word orange came from a transliteration of the Sanskrit Naranja which comes from the Tamil Naru, which means “Fragrant”.
- You will have to eat up to 7 cups of corn flakes to get the same amount of fibre you would get from one medium orange.
- After chocolate and vanilla, orange is the world’s next favourite flavour.
- Oranges and orange blossoms are a symbol of love.