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Is Apple Juice in Everything?

Apple Juice is in Everything-- 
Aug. 30, 2010 5:51 pm 
Updated: Aug. 31, 2010 8:59 pm

 Apple Juice - It's Everywhere 

The other day I was buying cranberry juice in the store and the first ingredient was apple juice, followed by pear juice.  Needless to say, when I buy something that says Cranberry juice, Cherry juice (which I love), or other juices which say blueberry, blackberry, etc., I don't expect to see inexpensive apple juice first in the list of ingredients.  I sent an e-mail to one company and they never replied.  It was always my impression that the first ingredient on the list had to be the main ingredient.  How can companies label "Cherry Juice" and the first ingredient is apple juice?  What's going on?  Help me understand this someone, please.
Aug. 30, 2010 8:19 pm
I don't know for sure but I would imagine that companies use Apple and Pear juices as a sweetener for the tarter fruits, and to keep costs down. They both blend with other flavors well and don't overpower the flavors of other things since they are mild. Cranberries are so tart that they do need something to sweeten them and I think that using another juice to sweeten them up would be better than sugar. You can find a pure Cranberry juice in some stores but it is difficult. Try Lakewood Juices. They have a Find a Store section on their site that will direct you to the nearest store. And if your store doesn't carry it then you could always request them to. It is more expensive though.
Aug. 31, 2010 4:28 pm
Yeah - they can use sugar but then they'd have to list it as the first ingredient. I can taste the apple juice easily in any juice that has it, even before I read the list of ingredients. Trader Joe's" Just Cherry" juice is one of my favorites and their Black raspberry juice is good even though it has apple juice in it.
Aug. 31, 2010 6:55 pm
Never realized apple juice was a main ingredient in so many drinks, may be because I only buy apple juice and Orange juice..
Aug. 31, 2010 8:59 pm
One trick the companies use is labeling 100% fruit juice or 100% natural, but you're right... this just means they are using apple juice as the base with other juices to flavor. Check labels carefully for 100% pomegranate or cranberry juice. More often than not you can only find 100% cranberry juice in the organic section. Very seldom do I find it in the regular fruit juice aisle. I use a small amount of the tart 100% cranberry juice to flavor my 32 oz. of ice water.
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