When you treat yourself by grabbing a fruity soft drink from the fridge you expect it to contain fruit juice, right? Not just juice, but more than 4 or 5 percent… right?
Thankfully some drinks do exactly what they say on the tin. Appletiser is made from concentrated, carbonated apple juice – and nothing else. Fentimans’ Mandarin & Seville Orange boasts 58% juice and a handful of other, natural ingredients. San Pellegrino’s Orange and Lemon contain 20% and 18% juice, respectively, alongside a few natural flavourings and preservatives.
But some drinks might surprise you.
Make lemonade at home and you’re probably going to use about a cup of lemon juice, diluted with water and sugar. And that’s it.
Why then do some commercial brands contain as little as 2% lemon juice, and a whole host of additives and artificial flavourings like Saccharin, Acesulfame K and Aspartame?
If that doesn’t shock you, how about fruity flavoured drinks that contain precisely NO fruit juice at all? Yep, that’s 0% juice in products that have been engineered to remind you of nature, but have absolutely no relationship to the real thing.
Want to know more?
Below we’ve displayed the fruit juice content of 65 popular “fruity” soft drinks. Some of our findings might surprise (and shock) you…