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Posted: Oct 25, 2011

I was eating my breakfast this morning, and was flipping through a magazine, when a pile of promotion ads fell out of the pages.  The first thing I saw was "50% less sugar and calories" in big bold letters - followed by "than the leading 100% orange juice. An excellent source of Vitamin C".   The thing is - the ad states that it's a Vitamin Enhanced Juice Beverage.  My mind slammed into reverse at that point.  It was like TV ads for "juices" for kids that are loaded with sugar / vitamins / "real fruit" - for an instant snack / boost of energy - rather then a crisp apple or  handful of almonds or something not commercially made.  Is it my upbringing of not eating commercially processed foods that makes me this way?  Is it due to my being diabetic, and wanting only the best that I can afford going into my temple of worship - aka my body that got me urked so much?

I went to the manufacturers website - and of course - it seems to be aimed at women (the spokes person is a well known American actress).  The big draw is that the product is "natural" - and the sweetener used in the "juice" is stevia - so of course - lower the sugar content of the "juice" (there is no mention on the website as to the nutritional make up which is very important to us that are watching our carb intake).  I have nothing against this sweetener - I have tried it - but didn't like it in my coffee (it left a bitterness) - so switched back to the evil "sugar in the raw" (8 grams per teaspoon - .75 units of insulin).  I guess my big beef is that what is wrong just with 1/2 a glass of natural OJ - at only 12 grams of carbs? 

I rarely drink orange juice to begin with and get my Vitamin C via other sources.  I guess given the choice - a fresh orange is my choice.  Yes, it takes time to peel - eat - rather then a quick gulp of a glass of "juice" - but that's my choice.    What is yours?

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