Juices can increase satiety, stimulate metabolism, and, in general, benefit body health Image: (New Africa | Shutterstock)
Understanding the differences between juice, soft drinks, and nectar is essential to making informed choices about what we consume. Each of these drinks has different compositions and differences in fruit content. The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA) even requires that the packaging indicate the product classification along with the percentage of pulp.
“There are two simple ways consumers can identify juice made only from fruit: through the official labels that appear at the bottom of the label, on the front, and by highlighting ‘100% JUICE’ which can only be used in these products.” drinks. “Each one has its own characteristics, but the shape of the packaging is similar and can cause confusion,” explains Vivian Ramírez, Head of Marketing at Xandô.
Juice, nectar or smoothies
Juice is one that contains 100% fruit juice. The nectar in turn contains approximately 30% to 50% humectants It has from 5% to 30%. Both can be added with sugars and other additives. In this scenario, for the more health-conscious general public, Juices 100% has become a priority category in purchases. For example, a Nielsen survey showed that 38% of Brazilians are interested in drinks with benefits from natural ingredients.
Natural juices, especially sugar-free ones, offer many health benefits (Image: Billion Images | Shutterstock)
What is the healthiest option?
Juice is an unfermented, unconcentrated, undiluted beverage. Must contain 100% fruit. Nectar is a diluted, sweetened product, containing fruit, water, and sugar or a sweetener. In contrast, a refreshment is a diluted drink, with fruit juice, pulp or vegetable extract, which may be added SugarsArtificial colors and flavours. Compared to juice and nectar, soft drinks have the lowest nutritional content.
Therefore, natural juice is the most nutritious option, because it contains the essential nutrients of the fruit, such as vitamins, minerals and Fibers. “[…] Avoiding added sugars is essential, as excess can contribute to health problems such as obesity and diabetes. Choose natural juices […] “Helps maintain a healthy lifestyle by providing vital nutrients,” reinforces Derek Oake, clinical and sports nutritionist.
The professional also points out that adequate pasteurization of the juice extends the shelf life of the drink, making it safe for consumption and preserving its nutritional qualities. Furthermore, both nectar and smoothie, compared to natural juice, offer less nutritional benefits.
The importance of checking packaging
Examining the packaging is essential to making informed choices. They provide vital information such as product composition and classification, ensuring consumers make choices that match their nutritional needs and preferences.
By examining carefully Packagingyou can avoid confusion and choose products that meet your expectations regarding quality and health, contributing to a more informed purchase.
Written by Marcela Martinez
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