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bottled lemon juice?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 01, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Hi there,

This may seem pernickety but just want to check what you all think of this product:

Sunita Organic Lemon Juice

I use lemon an awful lot in recipes, drinks and dressings, and I think it would work out cheaper/more convenient to buy ready squeezed juice (I'm a student, and needing to save every penny I can!)

Unlike generic supermarket brands, which contain preservatives, this one doesn't - as well as the fact it is in a glass bottle. What are your thoughts?

This is a product I would be consuming daily, so I want to make sure that there are no issues with it (such as BPA etc). Thanks!

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on May 02, 2013
at 05:23 AM

I'm just generally suspect of "fresh" foods that don't go bad quickly. Depending on labelling laws, they don't have to say what is in an item if they used less than a certain percent for example. Thirty days is still a longtime for juice.

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on May 01, 2013
at 03:11 PM

Sure, the company maybe lying to you, but why be suspect in this case? Many juices -- especially orange juice -- are stripped of oxygen and held in tanks to not expose to oxygen at all. The "fresh" orange juice you buy at a grocery store is probably a year old, for example - even though it has no (or few) preservatives. My guess is that the lemon juice here is just juice or was pasteurized somehow. The fact that it clearly says it will spoil on the bottle is a good sign.

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on May 01, 2013
at 03:02 PM

thanks for that - it says once opened, keep in the fridge and use within 30 days. do you think that the post below may have a point??

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on May 01, 2013
at 01:34 PM

Yeah ... brands like ReaLemon, with 3 different preservatives, are sketchy for the usual reasons but at the frequency I personally use it, I'm not too concerned.

However, the brand you found seems pretty great, as it's only juice! I would check the bottle carefully for labeling or warnings like "Use within 1 week of opening", or similar. Since it is a juice-only product, it will spoil more readily than products with preservatives. Granted, since it's highly acidic lemon it should resist some types of spoilage.

Finally, if it's in a glass bottle, you shouldn't have to worry about BPA or any other plastic related concern.

05ce60d425d69bf47002fe66287931d0

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on May 01, 2013
at 03:02 PM

thanks for that - it says once opened, keep in the fridge and use within 30 days. do you think that the post below may have a point??

582e89904fef55ad5c7dac673653ef8c

(281)

on May 02, 2013
at 05:23 AM

I'm just generally suspect of "fresh" foods that don't go bad quickly. Depending on labelling laws, they don't have to say what is in an item if they used less than a certain percent for example. Thirty days is still a longtime for juice.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on May 01, 2013
at 03:11 PM

Sure, the company maybe lying to you, but why be suspect in this case? Many juices -- especially orange juice -- are stripped of oxygen and held in tanks to not expose to oxygen at all. The "fresh" orange juice you buy at a grocery store is probably a year old, for example - even though it has no (or few) preservatives. My guess is that the lemon juice here is just juice or was pasteurized somehow. The fact that it clearly says it will spoil on the bottle is a good sign.

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on May 01, 2013
at 01:37 PM

I'm worried that they are not being transparent about their product. If you took a lemon and fresh squeezed the juice and stored the juice in a jar in the fridge, it would last maybe a week before taste started decreasing and the juice eventually went bad. Bottled lemon juices are expected to last considerably longer but, that's thanks to preservatives being added. Thus, I am assuming that this does in fact contain a preservative that is not being printed on the label. The glass bottle and organic part is a plus however.

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