Friday 28 November 2014

Put to the test: Orange Juice

Edel Coffey

Published 01/11/2013 | 01:00

M&S Pure freshly squeezed orange juice
M&S Pure freshly squeezed orange juice
Tesco squeezed orange juice
Aldi's specially selected freshly squeezed valencia orange juice

This country has come a long way from the concentrated juices that represented our entire cultural knowledge of so-called 'pure' orange juice.

With or without bits, orange juices that are not 100pc freshly squeezed are now considered below par and rightly so. I once worked with a personal trainer who eschewed them 'nothing but sugar'. They do have a hefty calorie count so you should watch your serving sizes and the frequency with which you're drinking it. Just make sure your juice is 100pc freshly squeezed and not made from concentrate.

Aldi's specially selected freshly squeezed valencia orange juice

€2.39

verdict: This one tastes absolutely great and it's no surprise it won the Gold Taste award in 2011. It is the perfect blend of sweet and tangy and it comes in both smooth and 'with bits' options. This also scores well on the calorie and sugar front. Per 100mls you get 39 calories, 9g carbs, 9g sugars, 1g protein.

score: 5/5

M&S Pure freshly squeezed orange juice

€4.09

verdict: This is pricey but Marks and Spencer really do excel at the simple stuff. This smells and tastes fantastic, and it is a 100pc pure, freshly squeezed product. M&S uses very fine ingredients but, even with the superlative taste, it's hard to justify this price of this product when there are so many alternatives on the market for half the price. Per 100mls you get 50 calories, 0g of fat, 10.8g of carbs 9.2g of sugar and 0.8g protein.

score: 4/5

Tesco smooth 100pc pure squeezed orange juice

€1.99

verdict: This is the cheapest of all three products and it's a solid performer, the kind of value-for-money product that should be in a family shopping trolley every week. Again, this tastes great, a nice sweet, smooth juice that children will like. Per 100mls you get 45 calories, 0.6g protein, 10g carbs, 0g fat, and 10g sugar.

score: 4/5

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