Don’t get too excited about guzzling down delicious fruit juices unless you plan to make them yourself. Bottled juices must be pasteurized in order to have a shelf life. Of what significance is that? Pasteurized juices are boiled to sanitize these foods against bacteria and disease organisms.
Unfortunately, enzymes and many vitamins are destroyed along with it. Your only source of nourishment is these juices and you cannot afford to drink enzyme-less and vitamin poor liquids. Do not be fooled by the delicious taste and interesting assortment of flavors. Though they taste good, they are basically dead foods.
There is no live nutrition left–only sugar, flavor and water. Even the taste and color is no match against the fresh squeezed version. Which do you prefer–fresh squeezed orange juice or the store bought kind? If you like your apple juice fresh, you will really be amazed at the difference between fresh squeezed and bottled apple juice.
Fresh apple juice is white–just like the color of the apple when you bite into it. Bottled apple juice is brown because vitamins have been oxidized upon contact with the air. Just exposing live nutrients to air and light is enough to destroy some of these fragile friends. Run your apples through your juicer machine and taste the difference.
Notice the word “bottled.” All juices sold in bottles are pasteurized, but juice is also sold in wax containers and plastic jugs. When apple juice is sold in plastic jugs, you will notice the term “cider” is used. Cider implies that the juice was not pasteurized and is just fresh squeezed. It is perishable and in fact you need to read the label carefully to make sure no preservatives are added.
If you see the words “cider” on bottled apple juice, it is incorrect and misleading labeling. Manufacturers can get away with it because the terms have been used loosely for a long time and the regulatory agencies have not laid down strict definitions for them.
You can drink cider on your fast. It is fresh apple juice if you buy it in a jug. You can tell it is fresh because the jug will expand when the cider starts to ferment. Do not hesitate to squeeze those jugs! (Pun not intended.) If they are flexible, you have found freshly squeezed apple cider–the best. If they are tight and swollen, you have already fermented cider and you should choose another jug.
Wax containers also allow for expansion due to possible fermentation. but the vast majority of these containers have been pasteurized anyway. Fresh squeezed juice is almost always sold in plastic jugs because if they were packed in jars, the bottles could explode on the shelves.