How much juice is in juice?
Since childhood, each of us has heard that juice is a very useful drink that nourishes our bodies with a huge amount of vitamins. But in order to benefit, it must be natural, preferably freshly squeezed. This category of juices is the most useful and 100% natural. Today, in some institutions you will be prepared with juice from the fruits you have chosen before your eyes, and you will not have to doubt its authenticity. However, not everyone has this opportunity, most of us are used to buying juices in stores, where a huge abundance of colorful boxes is waiting for us on the shelves. The case remains for small - to find out how much juice in such a juice.
Juices and nectars
The first category of drinks includes juices and nectars. Between them there are differences in the method of preparation and the percentage of natural product in them. Thus, direct squeezed juices should contain all the same 100%, that is, be completely made of the declared fruit and not include additional ingredients. The only thing that is allowed in their industrial production is the presence of a small amount of preservatives to increase their shelf life.
Reconstituted juices are made from concentrate extracted from fruits by eliminating moisture (this is necessary for longer storage and convenient transportation). During packing, the same amount of water is added to the concentrate and the juice is considered recovered. This category is divided into unclarified juices, clarified and juices with pulp. Although the juice content is still juice, it is hardly possible to call it completely natural. Usually sugar is added to reconstituted juices, which must be indicated on the label. But on the other hand, cherry, raspberry or blueberry juice without sweetener will be too sour.
As for nectars, in them the percentage of juice varies between 25-50%, depending on the type of fruit. In addition to the juice itself, nectar contains water, citric or ascorbic acid, sugar, berries or fruit puree. For example, nectars from passion fruit, guava, sweet varieties of apples, bananas, currants (white, red, black), papaya contain 25% of the juice of these fruits. Rowan berries, plums, cranberries - 30%, cherries, wild rose, apricots, strawberries, blueberries - 40%, pears, pineapples, sour apples and quince - 50%.In some cases, the fruit or berry is not initially suitable for 100% natural juice, because of their thick, pulpy pulp.
Fruit drinks and juice drinks
In this category are beverages designed to quench our thirst. Their light fruit and berry taste is especially refreshing in the heat. Juice is added to them to enhance the taste and benefits of the product. For example, in fruit drinks according to GOST there should be at least 15% of juice. In juice drinks, this percentage is even smaller. Depending on the drink, it can be from 5% (lemon, orange) to 10% and higher (for other fruits and berries).