Wendyl Wants to Know: Just Juice 50% less sugar Tropical

Long Lunch 07/05/2018
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Wendyl Wants to Know by Wendyl Nissen.

Everyone loves juice and during the winter it is a good source of vitamin C for families. Just Juice has been around for years and recently juice has received some criticism for being full of sugar. Parents were advised to dilute it with water. So it’s good to see Just Juice has come up with a 50% less sugar option using two sweeteners.


Just Juice 50% less sugar Tropical. $3.09 for 1 litre.

Ingredients ( in order of greatest quantity first):


This drink is mostly water as it is a fruit flavoured drink.


Reconstituted fruit juices:
Apple (15.2%)
Of the three juices in here apple makes up the most. It is common for apple to be used as a flavour base in drinks. The sugar content of all these juices combined is 11.7g per 250ml.
Pineapple (12.9%)
Pineapples are great for you. They are high in vitamin C and have good levels of potassium, calcium, phosphorous and manganese.
Orange (11.2%)
Orange juice has loads of wonderful things in it including vitamin C, vitamin A, thiamin, folate, potassium, proteins, copper, magnesium, and a variety of other trace vitamins and minerals.


Vitamin C
This will be added in to give you 85mg of vitamin C per 250ml serving. It is recommended that adults consume 45mg of vitamin C per day, and children 35mg for one to eight year olds and 40mg for nine to 18 year olds.


Mango Puree (4.3%)
At this small amount this will be in here for flavour.


Flavour enhancer (erythritol)
When stevia is used as a natural sweetener ( below) you will often find erythritol in the mix as well because it can reduce the bitter after taste often found with stevia. It is a low-calorie sweetener and derived from fruits and fermented foods but studies have shown that it doesn’t give the blood-sugar spike associated with normal sugar and it doesn’t appear to feed bacteria in the mouth.


Modified starch (1440)
This is hydroxy- propyl starch which is a treated starch.


Passionfruit juice (0.2%)
This will be in here for flavouring.


Acidity regulators (ascorbic acid)
This is another form of vitamin C.

Sweetener (stevia)
Stevia is a plant which looks a bit like mint. It’s about 300 times sweeter than sugar, but with no calories. It does have a bitter aftertaste so you will often find other sweeteners such as erythritol (above) included in the mix to help with the taste.


Natural colour (carotene)
Good to see a natural colour used here.


My recommendations:
So it’s good to remember that this is not juice, it is a fruit flavoured drink.  You’re getting a total of 43.8% of fruit juice in this product and the rest is water along with two sweeteners, colour, a modified starch and an acidity regulator. This is great for bringing the sugar content down so you will get just 11.7g of sugar per 250ml glass. But if you bought a good quality juice – let’s take for example The Homegrown Juice Company’s Apple Juice with Lemon Honey and Ginger which happens to be in my fridge because I have a cold. If you take 125mls of this full juice product it will give you 12.4g of sugar.  Then if you add 125mls of water to make the standard 250ml serving you will get just a little bit more sugar than the equivalent serving of Just Juice which is just over half water. Price wise a litre of Homegrown costs $4.50 compared to $3.09 for Just Juice but once the Homegrown juice is diluted to the same consistency as Just Juice – you get two litres – so you’re only paying $2.25 a litre.


43.8% juice, rest is water.
Contains stevia a natural sweetener.
Only 11.7g of sugar per 250ml glass.

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