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The Orange Juice Secret No One Talks AboutFeb 15, 2012
If in the past little while you`ve had trouble finding orange juice at your favourite food store its probably because of the juice industry being put on alert that carbendazim, a fungicide, has been found in high quantities, from one of the world`s leading suppliers, Brazil, of oranges to the orange juice industry. If that news isn`t enough to have you start questioning the traceability and purity of, what is probably the prime source of one`s vitamin C needs, then consider the following - There`s another secret that the juice industry in general doesn`t discuss – that being the vitamin C content is probably inactive and useless in one`s vitamin C enriched juice drink.
Let`s begin with vitamin C, an essential nutrient that is water-soluble. The key words here are essential and water-soluble. Our bodies cannot manufacture vitamin C. We need to secure it through our food supply. It is essential for life. It is also easily dissolvable in water which makes it easily taken up and released by body tissues (hence the reason why time-released vitamin C supplements are the best forms for vitamin C). Our bodies cannot store water-soluble vitamins, a daily supply is necessary.
Most scientists, but very few consumers, know that vitamin C has two distinctly different and separate sides. Side one – l-ascorbic acid, side two – d-ascorbic acid. L-ascorbic acid is the active form that is essential and beneficial to one`s health. Most research shows that the “d” side is discarded and has little to no benefit whatsoever to our bodies.
Both substances, “l” and “d”, are unstable and subject to change especially in the presence of moisture. When water is added, active vitamin C l-ascorbic acid, in just a few short days, will convert to inactive d-ascorbic acid. The assumption the public is under is that the vitamin C added as a nutrient, during the manufacturing and filling to any liquid and juice, is a benefit. Sadly, this is not the case, it is a myth.
While certainly the presence of d-ascorbic acid is not a health risk, the secret you now know is that it really isn`t of benefit at providing one the vitamin C one thought they would be getting.
So what do you think, is the juice industry pulling a fast one over on consumers? If we’re not getting the vitamin C we thought we were getting, do juice companies think we’re all just pulp? Please share your thoughts.