#ilovehealthyfruitjuices Because Not All Juice Are Created Equal

We used to juice a lot. Orange and carrots are Mila's favorites. We love how healthy and refreshing it feels. Since we moved to our new place 3 months ago, the juicer had stayed on its box, unnoticed.

Fresh juices are my favorite because it's packed with nutrients and a fun way to get hydrated. On days when Mila just would not eat anything, she still drinks her juice. Since the juicer had taken a vacation, we now rely on store bought, ready to drink juices.

Fruit Juice vs. Fruit Nectar vs. Fruit Drink

When at the grocery, most people just look at the flavor. Are they going for Orange, Apple, or Cranberry juice? We think that we are getting the fruits' benefits if we drink the juices. But if you read the label carefully, not all juices are created equal.

Fruit juice contains 100% fresh fruit juice or concentrate that has been processed after extracting water from it. It only has water, natural flavoring, and sometimes fruit pulp as additional ingredients.

Fruit nectar has fruit juice content that can vary between 25 and 99 percent. Within the beverage industry, nectar is a fruit juice that is too thick to drink – for example, from apricots, peaches and cranberries. The juice, or rather the purée, must therefore be diluted with water and have sugar added to make it drinkable.

Fruit drinks or still drinks on the other hand barely contains any fruit at all. It can have as low as 2 percent fruit content. That means that all you get will be sugar and preservatives. It's better to drink sugar water on this case.

Knowing the difference, you would realize that not all juices are created equal. When buying ready-to-drink juices, read the fine print. Whether it's apple, mango, peach, or pineapple, get the drink with the most percentage of real fruit. For my family, we prefer Cranberry Juice.

#ilovehealthyfruitjuices: I Choose Old Orchard Cranberry Juice

To get my family to drink this healthy fruit juice, a bottle of Old Orchard Cranberry juice is always included in our grocery list. I choose this because we love the taste. Not too sweet but not too tart either. You really get the taste of cranberries because it is a perfect balance of the real fruit concentrate diluted with water (cranberry Juices are nectars because of it's too potent taste and texture), 

I've always had trouble with my urinary tract and this helps prevent any infection. I feel like I can pee better when ever I have at least a glass of Cranberry Juice daily. In addition, every eight-ounce serving of 100% Old Orchard Cranberry Juice is equivalent to two servings of fruit. I drink 3 or more and that already gives me the recommended five servings if fruits and vegetables each day.

10 Things You Need To Know About Cranberries

Today's breakfast. Feels refreshing. #ilovehealthyjuices

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If that's not good enough reason, read up and see why cranberry is good for you:

1. Cranberry is a red, plump and juicy fruit that is related to blueberries and huckleberries.
2. New England sailors ate Cranberries to fight off scurvy, a disease resulting from a vitamin C deficiency.
3. Cranberries are considered as a superfood because of its wide array of phytonutrient content.
4. The proanthroacyanidin content of Cranberries may help prevent the bacteria that cause urinary tract infection, or UTI, from sticking to the urinary tract.
5. Cranberries contain significant amounts of flavonoids and polyphenolic compounds that may act as a natural defense against heart disease.
6. Cranberries have potential anti-cancer properties.
7. Cranberry may help avoid peptic ulcers by preventing bacteria Helicobacter Pylori from sticking to the gastric walls.
8. According to a trial made by Critical Reviews in Food Science & Nutrition (2002), Cranberries may help decrease the probabilities of having dental caries.
9. One cup of Cranberries provides about 50 calories.
10. One cup of Cranberries provides 11% of Vitamin C and 9.2% of dietary fiber needs of an adult.

Love Your Kid, Love Your Kidney

Recently, Old Orchard had launched the Love Your Kidney Campaign that aims to build awareness to the importance of drinking cranberry juice. As mentioned above, cranberry juice had been proven to help prevent kidney disorder which is the 9th leading cause of death among Filipinos. It will not cure kidney diseases but it is a way of preventing it from happening or worsening. 

These two hard working organs regulates the blood acid levels, the body's water balance and blood pressure by controlling the fluid levels and making the hormone that causes blood vessels to constrict. If produces the active form of Vitamin D for healthy bones and tissues as well as the hormones that simulates bone marrow to manufacture red blood cells. It keeps blood minerals and electrolytes in balance too. It facilitates waste excretion and removes drugs from blood, whike removing about two liters of toxins, wastes, and water. More importantly, it retrieves essential nutrients so that the body can reabsord them. 

So if you love your kid and wants to stay healty and active for long, love your kidney. With Old Orchard juice in your daily balanced diet, you get to take care of your kidney while enjoying the sweet, tangy flavor of cranberries.

Old Orchard's variants are as follows:

1. Juice Cocktails - Apple Cranberry, Apple Raspberry, Apple, Cranberry, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Apple Blueberry, and Apple Berry
2. 100% Juices - 100% Apple Juice and 100% Grape Juice
3. Healthy Balance Juice Cocktails - Healthy Balance Cranberry and Healthy Balance Apple Cranverry
4. Organic 100% Apple TV 

Old Orchard is exclusively distributed by Fly Ace Corporation. It is available in all leading supermarkets nationwide.

Connect with Old Orchard at www.facebook.com/healthyfruitjuicesPH. Learn more at www.oldorchard.com.

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