For The Love Of Food

by | Mar 16, 2012

For The Love of Food

Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.

Why you shouldn’t tweet and eat, fake chicken is not ethical and orange juice isn’t good for you.

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2 Responses to “For The Love Of Food”

  1. Kimberley says:

    I’ve been so enjoying your smart, engaging articles, Darya. Thanks so much for the shout out this week; the feeling’s mutual!

  2. Brian says:

    I’m skeptical of the purported evils of packaged orange juice. There are many articles on the subject online, but the majority of them seem to rely on quotes from Alissa Hamilton, author of “Squeezed: What You Don’t Know About Orange Juice.” She may or may not be an expert on the subject, but there don’t seem to be a lot of facts floating around out there from sources other than her.

    Many articles from different media outlets use exactly the same descriptive phrases, leading me to believe they’re just repurposing Ms. Hamilton’s words. I did find one article quoting an orange juice manufacturer stating that their “flavor packets” are made out of concentrated oils that are extracted during the squeezing process.

    The crux of the matter is that fresh orange juice will spoil rapidly, and as such it can’t be mass-produced and shipped around the world. In order to make it last, it needs to be pasteurized and stored in an oxygen-free, sterilized environment. To ensure consistency, it is apparently flavored with the oils extracted during squeezing (so-called “flavor packets”).

    What really sets my skepticism alarm off is the charge that the stored orange juice tastes only like sugar water and is then flavored with a chemical cocktail. If that’s really true, why on earth would manufactures bother with actual oranges at all? Surely dumping some sugar in a vat of water and pouring in some chemicals would be WAY cheaper. Yet, they still grow oranges and squeeze them, a massively labor-intensive process.

    Anyway, until there is a definitive exposé on the subject I’m going to withhold judgment. If in fact commercial orange juice is nothing more than sugar, water, and chemicals, then I think nutritional labels should communicate that information to consumers. However, it seems to me at this point that the reality of the situation isn’t so cut-and-dried.

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