Minute Maid is one of the world’s largest juice and juice drink brands started way back in 1945 when it developed orange juice powder and called it Minute Maid.
The product is very sugary at 11.5 gm per 100 ml of the drink. It is not recommended except in very small quantities because of low nutritional value and high sugar content. It must be avoided by diabetics and by obese people as it may be unsafe for them.
The foodnetindia rating for this product :-
foodnetindia safety rating: 2 -(On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
The product is sugary and contains empty calories which are not recommended for those who want to lead a healthy lifestyle. This may be had only in very small quantities even by the healthy. The addition of artificial flavours and added colours makes it potentially harmful in other ways as well.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 2 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
Minute Maid Pulpy Orange is not ‘juice’ as it clearly states on its website that it contains only 11.8% orange pulp and is not 100% fruit juice. It cannot be considered a source of nutrition and cannot substitute whole food or fruit.
Ingredients of concern in Minute Maid Pulpy Orange
- Orange Flavours
- Synthetic flavours 110, 102
According to the Coca Cola India website, Minute maid mango drink contains 11.5 gm sugar per 100 ml of the drink. This is an excessive amount. The food product also does not specify which sugar has been used. This is important because different sugars have different metabolic effects. For example, Sucrose (Cane Sugar) is very different from Fructose (Fruit Sugar). Some foods use high fructose corn syrup which may be harmful in much lower quantities than sucrose. We believe that it is not responsible behaviour for a brand to not clearly state what ingredients have been used.
This food product does not specify which flavours or flavouring substances have been used and whether they are natural or artificial. The flavours should be specified as some of them have serious side effects and may not be suitable for at all for infants, pregnant women or people who are allergic. We believe that it is not responsible behaviour for a brand to avoid clearly stating what ingredients have been used.
By not specifying what these flavours and substances are, we are forced to consider what they are hiding and why would they be so reluctant to mention what they have used in the food product!
Synthetic flavours 110
Synthetic azo dye and it is a yellow food colour which is very soluble in water. Since it is an azo dye, it may elicit intolerance in people intolerant to salicylates. Additionally, it is a histamine liberator, and may intensify symptoms of asthma. In combination with benzoates, it is also implicated in hyperactivity in children.
Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion:
- Orange Juice 11.8%
- Acidity Regulator 330
- Antioxidant 300
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