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Orange Juice, what's really inside that carton?
December 09, 2011
Marilyn and I hope you're well and enjoying adding Nature's Super Foods to your diet!

Today we thought we'd share with you, some interesting facts about what's really inside that carton of store-bought Orange Juice.

Have you ever wondered why commercial orange juice, even the premium, not-from-concentrate, "100-percent pure" kind, tastes the same each time you buy it, but (and I find peculiar) doesn't taste exactly like a freshly peeled orange?

Well, it turns out there's a lot more to making O.J. than simply squeezing some oranges.

As part of the mass-production process, big-name brands like Tropicana, Minute Maid, Simply Orange, and Florida's Natural, add artificial flavouring in order to make sure your juice tastes consistent from carton to carton, and to make sure it tastes like oranges.

Pasteurized, not-from-concentrate orange juice takes up a lot of storage space.

In order to keep it from spoiling without adding chemical preservatives, the companies "de-aerate" (or strip the oxygen out of) the juice.

Here's another surprise: During production, de-aerated juice often sits in million-gallon tanks for as long as a year before it actually hits supermarket shelves.

But when they remove the oxygen, they also remove much of the natural flavour of the oranges.

So, in order to have O.J. actually taste like oranges, drink companies hire flavour and fragrance companies, the same ones that make perfumes for Dior, to create these 'flavour packs' to make juice taste like, well, juice again.

Tropicana (owned by PepsiCo), Minute Maid (Coca Cola), Simply Orange (also Coca Cola), and independently owned Florida's Natural all add the flavour packs.

The formulas vary to give a brand’s trademark taste.

If you’re discerning, you may have noticed Minute Maid as an example, has a candy like, orange flavour.

That’s largely due to the flavour pack Coca-Cola has chosen for it.

The artificial flavour also varies depending on where the final product is supposed to end up.

The packs added to juice earmarked for the North American market tend to contain high amounts of ethyl butyrate, a chemical in the fragrance of fresh squeezed orange juice that, juice companies have discovered North Americans favour.

Mexicans and Brazilians have a different palate.

Flavour packs fabricated for juice earmarked to these markets therefore highlight different chemicals.

Since the artificial flavour is technically derived from naturally occurring orange essences and oil, it doesn't have to be listed as an ingredient.

So what you see on the label is "100 percent orange juice", even though that's not all there is inside the carton.

Honey Granola with Fruit, Nuts & Seeds

We love this mixture, but make this granola your own.

Try cashews subbed for almonds, cut-up dried apricots for the cranberries, or chopped figs for the raisins.

Choose strong, dark honey or a delicate, light type, whichever suits your taste.

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

Total Time: 45 Minutes + Cooling Time

Servings: 18


1 c. honey

1/3 c. canola or safflower oil

1/8 tsp. sea salt

4 c. old-fashioned rolled oats

1 c. unsalted pumpkin seeds

1/2 c. slivered almonds

1/2 c. unsalted sunflower seed kernels

2 tsp. sesame seeds (optional)

1 c. dried, sweetened cranberries

1 c. golden raisins


1. Put one oven rack in middle position and another just below.

Heat oven to 300°F.

Lightly oil 2 rimmed baking sheets.

2. Combine honey, oil, and salt in small saucepan.

Set over medium heat and stir until hot and well blended, 2 minutes.

3. Mix oats, pumpkin seeds, almonds, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds (if using) in large bowl.

Stir honey mixture again.

Drizzle over oat mixture while stirring.

Continue stirring until oats are thoroughly coated.

4. Spread mixture on prepared baking sheets.

Bake 15 minutes.


Rotate pans top to bottom and front to back.

Continue baking, stirring every 5 minutes, until golden brown, 10 to 18 more minutes.

Watch closely to avoid burning.

5. Cool and stir in cranberries and raisins.

Transfer to airtight storage containers.

Nutritional Info:

Per Serving (1/2 c.)

263 calories,

5 g. protein,

43 g. carbohydrates,

3 g. fiber,

9 g. fat,

1 g. saturated fat,

0 mg. cholesterol,

19 mg. sodium

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