(NaturalNews) A new consumer guide published on NaturalNews.com reveals that some pomegranate juice products sold in grocery stores are actually made with sugar water and "junk juice" blends. While pictures on the front of the juice products show pomegranates and blueberries, the juice inside the bottle is often little more than apple and grape juice, said Mike Adams, nutrition author and producer of the free online consumer guide. Consumers can view the guide online at www.NaturalNews.com
The consumer shopping guide covers both pomegranate and blueberry juices, and it reviews nearly a dozen top brands to show which ones are telling the truth about their products vs. which ones are deceiving consumers with dishonest labeling. "The POM Wonderful brand is among the very best," explained Adams, "And the Tropicana Pure brand is among the worst. Some companies are selling products primarily made with apple juice and grape juice as pomegranate juice."
To create the free consumer guide, Adams reviewed pomegranate juice product ingredients, comparing them to the claims implied by the pictures and words on the front labels of such products. Some products made primarily with apple juice show no apples at all on the front label, instead depicting pomegranates and blueberries while claiming "100% Juice!" in big letters. "This misleads consumers into thinking these products are one hundred percent pomegranate juice," explained Adams, "When in fact, they may only be five or ten percent pomegranate juice."
Some pomegranate juice products were found to be made with high fructose corn syrup or sugar. These were blended with water, then color enhanced with purple carrot extract to make them appear like more substantial juice products. One was found to be nearly three-fourths sugar water, containing only about 25 percent actual fruit juice.
Surprisingly, one popular brand owned by Coca-Cola (Odwalla) performed very well in this consumer guide review, earning four out of five stars for its use of honest ingredients and product labeling. PepsiCo's Tropicana Pure brand, however, fared poorly, earning a very low rating and condemnation for its "deceptive" photograph on the front label that fails to accurately depict what's really in the bottle.
The guide not only reveals the tricks some companies use to deceive consumers, it also names the top recommended pomegranate and blueberry juice products that are made with honest ingredients.
Author Mike Adams is a consumer health advocate and author of hundreds of books, guides and special reports on nutrition and disease prevention. Additional information about Adams is available at www.HealthRanger.org
In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.
With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource now featuring over 10 million scientific studies.