When you buy orange juice do you seek out the healthiest option? Maybe one “not from concentrate” or with “no additives”? Maybe one “with extra pulp” or “100% juice”? The healthiest, most natural choice you can find, right? Have you considered that store-bought orange juice may not be healthy at all?
The orange juice you think is the healthiest option is probably none of those things.
When orange juice is mass produced, not only is it unhealthy, it isn’t even really juice.
“Not from concentrate” juice goes through extensive processing. “It’s really in the storage that a lot of the processing goes on,” said Alissa Hamilton, the author of Squeezed: What You Don’t Know About Orange Juice. “They strip the juice of oxygen so that the juice doesn’t go bad in these tanks where they keep it. And the juice can actually sit in the tanks for upwards of a year.” That’s all before it arrives on grocery store shelves.
When you make orange juice yourself, each time it tastes a little...
A few years ago my husband and I had an opportunity to travel to Italy. We were able to travel to many different cities and see many different sites. One of our favorite days was in the hills outside Sorrento. We had a tour of a small, family-owned olive oil 'factory'. The making of the olive oil was so interesting. We were able to watch as the huge containers of freshly picked olives were dumped into water, rinsed by conveyor, and put into a vat to separate stems and debris. They were then crushed and the pits were removed and ultimately the most beautiful, pure, and delicious olive oil was produced. We were able to watch the entire process at the end I was handed my own bottle of fresh, real Italian olive oil. I was also given a label to create my own ‘brand’ of olive oil.
Wonderful pure healthy olive oil.
There are too many choices of fast food and junk food today. We are at a loss for what the right choices are to make in order feed ourselves and our families. Many times, and unfortunately, convenience wins out. The cost is not always in the actual food being purchased at the time it is what happens our health in the future.
I often hear how expensive healthy and organic food is and there is truth in that statement. However, considering the health cost of eating poorly, proper nutrition is a bargain! Many junk foods are linked to a number of diseases - obesity,diabetes, heart disease as well as a number of cancers. When you factor in the cost, both monetarily and the way you feel, there is little doubt healthy eating is the logical choice.
There are many ways to eat healthy but it does take some time and planning. I hope to cover this in a future blog. Since there is so much abundance in fresh whole food at our local farmers markets making a big salad for dinner is the best way to tr...