Unless you squeeze your own orange juice, the product you drink from a carton is neither fresh nor just orange juice. The companies that make non-organic orange juice that sits on a refrigerated shelf have a secret that we are not commonly aware of. The orange juice would lose its flavor very quickly. So the manufacturers of orange juice remove the flavor, the fiber, all of the oxygen, then freeze the liquid, and at the appropriate time add “flavor packs” back to the juice. “Voila” – orange juice.
“Commercial 100% Orange Juice Fraud: Toxic Perfume Flavor Packs Added” Another article is http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/ask-an-academic-orange-juice.
What is added back to the liquid is orange oil which has been processed to ensure the orange juice has a consistent flavor. Ethyl butyrate is one of the chemicals found in high concentrations in the flavor packs added to to this “orange juice” because its odor is orange.
When my patients get sick with a cold, many of them tell me they start drinking lots of orange juice. Long ago I was informed that vitamin C dissipates very quickly after an orange is cut or squeezed. This information about the adulteration of orange juice, in order for it to be stored and still taste like orange juice, is an added reason not to drink anything other than fresh. In fact, I would recommend eating the orange instead. That way you don’t take in so much concentrated sugar. You also get the fiber and other nutrients available in the pulp.
If you want therapeutic levels of vitamin C, I recommend purchasing it as tablet, capsule or liquid.
For further advice about what to take when you get sick, call my office at 310-289-8430.