Manufactured, Store Bought, Big Brand “Juices,” Are they OK?

By on 04/03/2014
Image from http://livingmaxwell.com

Someone sent me an article, and once again, I’ve lost a bit more faith in humanity.

So much of our food industry, including the “health” food industry, is not at all driven by health, but by profit.

This makes Hulk Anna angry!

I know I recently posted about getting some freshly made, local, organic, hippy dippy juices from a local raw juice bar. But what if you don’t have one near you? What if you don’t want to continuously spent $10 on one bottle of juice?

Enter: Naked Juice. Easily purchased at any major grocery store.

 

Image from http://livingmaxwell.com

Image from http://livingmaxwell.com

I’ve certainly purchased my fair share of these over the years. They are *mostly* tasty, and filled with healthy things like carrots and spirulina and apples and kale, etc etc…

They are processed, yes.

But they are also ALL NATURAL. It says it right there on the label. So that’s good. Right?

Umm… No. I guess not. Apparently “All Natural” means nothing on a label.

Enter: A class action lawsuit against Pepsi Co. (Owners of Naked).

Do you know what else is in these healthy, “all Natural” Naked juices?

  • Archer Daniels Midland’s Fibersol-2 (“a soluble corn fiber that acts as a low-calorie bulking agent”)
  • fructooligosaccharides (an alternative sweetener)
  • pantothenate (synthetically produced from formaldehyde)
  • genetically-modified soy

All natural, these are not!

So, as this great country of ours allows, some people got together and sued the pants off of them. Pants that were probably on fire. Because they are liars.

And, as these big companies usually do, they settled the suit for $9 Million, and said they will remove the “All Natural” from their labels. Yay!

But also? Sad.

Why?

Because part of the settlement restricts the ability to publicize the lawsuit and tell the public about it. About the misleading labeling, and also to bring awareness to the other ingredients in these drinks.

There are may more details to this story, and I suggest you should go read them exactly where I did: Here at livingmaxwell.com

This frustrates me to no end that our country allows such lenient food laws, label laws, and industry accountability. So I am just doing my part to try and spread the word about Naked Juices.

They may be healthier than most processed foods out there, and possibly the best nutritional choice if your pickin’s are slim… but they are also owned by a giant, not-so-concerned-for-your-health corporation, and they have some pretty gross stuff in them too.

Another tid-bit of info from the article:

It just happens that PepsiCo donated $2.5 million to defeat Proposition 37, California’s 2012 ballot initiative to label genetically-modified organisms.

Avoid if possible. For your body, and also to stick it to the man.

About Anna

Hi there! This is my little blog project where I am trying to learn more about health, wellness and living a balanced life, while also sharing a bit of my silly side as well. By "silly" I mean sarcastic. And by "a bit" I mean way too much. Sorry about that.♥ - Anna

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