Fruit juices are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals and can be a delicious and refreshing part of a healthy diet.
However, because they are seasonal, they can be challenging to find year-round.
For this reason, many people opt for packaged fruit juices, which are available year-round.
While there is a lot of option on the market, one that we will discuss or review in this post is Alo frut juice.
Alo frut is a 25-year-old juice brand by Axiom Ayurveda.
It is often marketed as natural, high-quality, and guilt-free juice with brand ambassadors like Shikhar Dhawan and Parineeti Chopra.
In fact, you can see their tagline on the front of every juice bottle “Healthy hai isme Aloevera hai.”
However, is Alo frut juice as healthy as it’s claim to be?
Short answer: Alo frut promotes its juice as healthy with the tagline of “healthy hai.” but, in reality, these juices are not healthy. They are high in sugar, contain risky preservatives, and are loaded with artificial coloring. In addition, they do not provide as many nutrients as you would get from fresh fruits.
For a more detailed review of Alo frut juice, keep reading to the end of the post.
Also read: Is Tropicana Juice Healthy As Everyone Thinks? Let’s Find Out
Nutrition facts of Alo frut juice
A 100ml serving of Alo frut juice (Apple flavor) contains:
- Calories: 58
- Vitamin C: 16.4mg
- Sodium: 70mg
Ingredients in Alo frut juice
Alo frut juice comes in various flavors such as Apple, Anaar, Berries, Guava, Kiwi, Litchi, Mango, Mixed fruit, Mosambi, Orange, and pineapple.
One common thing with all these flavors is that they have aloevera added.
The key ingredients that are used among all the Alo frut juice flavors include:
- Aloevera juice and pulp
- Fruit juice
- Cane sugar
- Acidity regulators(INS 330)
- Stabilizers (INS 440)
- Preservatives (INS 211, INS 202)
- Artificial colors (INS 171, INS 110, INS 122, INS 150d, INS 160, INS 102, INS 133)
- Nature identical flavoring substances
6 Reasons Alo frut juice is not healthy for you
It is high in sugar
The primary reason that makes Alo frut juice bad for your health is it’s sugar content.
A 100ml serving of Alo frut juice contains about 12g of sugar.
This might not seem like a lot(for some people), but the problem is that when people drink fruit juices, they don’t feel satisfied after only a small serving.
As a result, they end up drinking too much, which can lead to consuming too much sugar overall.
Drinking just one 200ml pack of Alo frut juice a day gives you 24g of sugar – that’s 80% of the daily limit for adults and 100% for children.
Even though Alo frut juice uses cane sugar, which is less processed than white sugar, it can still have the same negative effect on your health if consumed in excess. Such as
- Weight gain
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
- Heart disease
Furthermore, Alo frut juice might be low in calories, but more than 80% of those calories are empty calories – i.e., calories from sugar that are bad for your health.
It does not have as many vitamins and minerals as fresh fruits
Alo frut juices might be a convenient way to get the taste of your fav fruit, but they’re not as nutritious as you think.
While they contain vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C, sodium, and calcium, they don’t have as many as fresh fruits.
This is because packaged juices go through hefty processing(mainly heating), killing many of the fruits’ essential nutrients.
For example, Eating fresh mango fruit will provide you with nutrients like Folate, potassium, magnesium, B vitamins, and vitamins A, E, and K.
But at the same time, if you look at the nutrition label of Alo frut mango flavor, you will find that it doesn’t have these nutrients.
And even if there are some, they are in a meager amount.
It has added preservatives
Preservatives are chemicals added to food products to extend their shelf life and prevent spoilage by inhibiting the growth of bacteria, yeast, and mold.
Alo frut contains two common preservatives among its juices, i.e., Sodium benzoate and Potassium sorbate.
Both of these preservatives have been associated with many health risks.
For example, when combined with aspirin, sodium benzoate can trigger allergic reactions or worsen asthma symptoms.[1,2,3].
Additionally, it has been found that sodium benzoate can transform into benzene, and toxic substance, particularly when combined with vitamin C, which is present in all flavors of aloe frut juice.
Moreover, it has been shown to increase DNA damage in humans, generate oxidative stress, and adversely affect the immune system, liver, kidneys, and reproductive system.
On the other hand, if consumed in excess, potassium sorbate can result in vomiting and nausea.
However, both of these preservatives are officially regarded as safe. But because they are used so commonly in food products, there is an increased risk of over-consumption and, thus, health risks.
Loaded with artificial colors
Alo frut uses plenty of artificial coloring among its products which include
- Titanium Dioxide (INS 171)
- sunset yellow (INS 110)
- Azorubine (INS 122)
- INS 150d (Caramel color)
- Beta-Carotene (INS 160)
- INS 102 (Tartrazine)
- Brilliant blue FCF (INS 133)
Although food authorities may have deemed all of these colors safe, numerous studies show their toxicity to human health.
For example, INS 171, or Titanium Dioxide, is a controversial color linked to DNA damage. It is composed of nanoparticles that may pass through the protective walls of organs such as the liver, lungs, or intestines, increasing risks to human health.
In addition, the artificial color INS 110 is known to cause allergies, kidney disease, DNA damage, hyperactivity, migraines, abdominal pain, and more. Color 102, also called Tartrazine, has been linked with skin infections, swelling, and asthma.
None of the artificial food colors in Alo frut juice is safe and therefore is one of the strong reasons it is not healthy for you.
Not good for diabetics
If you have diabetes and love fruit, you might constantly be looking for fruit juices that you can drink without worrying.
However, Alo frut juices are not a good choice for diabetics.
This is because they are high in sugar, which can cause your blood sugar levels to spike.
In addition they are full of preservatives and artificial coloring, which are bad for health, especially if you are someone with chronic disease.
Increase the risk of dental issues
While most people know that chocolate and candies can lead to cavities, many don’t realize that packaged fruit juices(especially with the high sugar content) can be just as damaging to teeth.
The acid, sugar, preservatives, and coloring in juices can wear away at the enamel on your teeth, making them more susceptible to cavities and other forms of damage.
Alo frut promotes its juices as healthy with the tagline of “healthy hai.” but, in reality, these juices are healthy.
They are high in sugar, contain risky preservatives, and are loaded with artificial coloring which makes them unnatural and surely not guilt-free.
In addition, they do not provide as many nutrients as you would get from fresh fruits.
Including Alo frut juices in your diet in the long term can increase the risk of many health issues.
It is, therefore, best to either completely avoid it or consume it minimally, such as once a week. That too only in small servings.
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