6.29.2011

It Tastes Like Juice


I feel so cheated.

I bought this organic "juice" at the store (that rhymes with Pesh and Beasy). Look at all the colorful fruit on the FRONT of the package. It looks like juice. It tastes like juice. It even says "USDA Organic" on it. Even the ingredients are misleading: "organic natural flavor"....what flavor would that be? I guess if you only have 10% juice, you need that flavor. You might as well call it "Organic Kool-aid".

Harrumph...

Climbing off my soapbox now.

15 comments:

  1. That is terrible. The juice % should be much higher.

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  2. Hubby and I just had this exact discussion the other day. I was debating this vs. Juicynjuide, which technically has more sugar than the Honest Kids. Island Dad's point, which sold me, was that, yes, the Juicy Juice has more sugar, but it's also actual juice. So, fewer additives. We're sticking with our trusted Juicy Juice :)

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  3. We have some friends who purchased a juicer because they kept running into similar problems. They were able to juice spinach into the kids apple juice and it still tasted yummy. You can sneak in extra veggies with the fruit if you make it yourself.

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  4. Ugh, that'll teach me to read the nutritional info more closely. I bought these for my kids thinking they were healthier for them. I won't be buying them again!

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  5. We got this at panera bread with the kids meal...was so surprised to see that it was only 10% juice...especially since it has "organic" all over it.

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  6. Anonymous11:36 AM

    Alot of consumers assume "Organic" is just that, organic, all natural. We're in the agriculture business and you'd be amazed how easily it is to slap the word "organic" onto your product. Trust me when I say, it's merely a word on your product. It's another "label" to suck consumers in.

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  7. amanda11:53 AM

    It's only 10% juice because it's mostly made up of filtered water (1st ingredient). Less sugar=good thing. I always dilute my daughter's 100% juice with water so it's pretty much the same thing as this. A lot of brands are doing this now - Motts for Tots, Trader Joe's juice boxes etc.

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  8. @jdaniel4'smom I would have been satisfied with 50% organic juice and 50% filter water.....

    @rebecca I have thought about juicing. we have a little hand juicer which we use for lemonade. maybe I will try that/

    @amanda, you are right. Less sugar is a good thing. Because these were expensive, I used them as a "treat". I would rather have 100% organic juice than 10% + filtered water though.

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  9. Have you tasted them? You can tell its watered down! I figure when the boys drink it- they not only get some juice, but they get more water than usual, and less sugar in the mean time. I prefer them to a box of 100% juice because of that.

    As for price- if you decide to buy them again, keep an eye on costco (if you shop there) they have them about every other month for only $8 for 4 boxes. Its about half the price of anywhere else.

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  10. This happened to me as well. I bought ours at the local coop, known for local and healthy foods. I just assumed it was healthy, made my purchase and left. After I served them to my toddlers I read the package. I will not make that mistake again.

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  11. My mom has brought over the Minute Maid "juice" in a can. I had to show her compared to the can of pop she brought over that they had the same calories, grams of sugar, and sodium content. I think those "juices" had 3% actual juice. She thought because it was Minute Maid, and had pictures of fruit all over it that it was healthy. The Honest Kids "juice" is once again another reminder that we need to read all the labels closely! No matter what they are!

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  12. I think these are still better than Capri Suns b.c they have 50% less sugar than Capri Suns...sometimes you pick the best of 2 evils???!!

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  13. Ohhhh...that happened to me once, too. These things are pretty sneaky. We try to steer clear of sugar water in our house, so those were a one time mistake. Luckily (amazingly) my kids didn't really like them.

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  14. I agree with Amanda - the main ingredient is water so 10% juice just means watered down. The label is the official USDA Organic label, so it should be 100% organic. I don't give my kids juice, but I hate going to birthday parties or playgroups where Capri Suns are available and feeling awful about refusing to let them have one. I would love to keep some of these on hand so that we have an alternative. 90% water? Yes please!

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  15. Amy G5:16 AM

    I totally fell for that one also. Same thing: Honest in the name, the organic logo I recognize, label looks clean. I thought they were pricey for what they ended up being. Luckily my kids didn't go for them. They get milk or water here. I don't sweat it when they are at parties because I even drink things I normally don't when at parties . I have invested in non-leaking refillable bottles that I send in with their lunches so I can spend less on milk (as opposed to having them purchase it at school) and have fresh water on hand wherever we may roam over the summer.

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