Let’s remember the old days and go back to basic!
Growing up back home, we always had Fresh Orange Juice and not the “machine made orange juice” I call it. I decided to write this post as a contributor to Gemma’s blog. I wanted to help in the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables and of course, support my sister.
We grew up in Haiti drinking fresh orange juice, and to us, it was the norm. Every time, I travel to the Caribbean, a glass of fresh orange juice is the norm. To give credit, there are numerous eateries in the United States where the fresh orange juice is still being served. I congratulate these establishments and hope many will follow. But why do we continue buying the “machine made juice.” I have nothing against it, except that the manufacturers should find healthier ways to avoid adding preservatives to the juices they produce.
I have always been concerned with some pesticides and chemicals found in the food we eat. On February 3, 2012, ABC Good Morning America delivered the news that most of us feared. The following is an excerpt from the article written by Jim Avila, Kevin Dolak, and Carrie Gann. Low levels of a banned pesticide found in orange juice imported from Brazil is safe for sale in the domestic supply, says the Food and Drug Administration after conducting new tests.
The juice, which is stored in huge, three-story high tanks in Florida, is tainted with the fungicide carbendazim, and will soon reach American grocery stores. “In this case, we’ve been cautious in working with EPA to ensure that these residues are posing no safety concern,” said Michael Taylor, deputy director of the FDA.
The FDA has said that the juice is entirely safe to drink and that the amount of the fungicide in the contaminated OJ is far below unsafe levels. To test positive for the pesticide, orange juice samples had to contain at least ten parts per billion of the pesticide.
Carbendazim has been found to cause congenital disabilities in rodents and some chromosome problems in human cells in laboratories. However, it hasn’t been found to have any health effects for people. Carbendazim is a pesticide used to kill fungus and fungal spores. It is not approved for use on oranges in the U.S., but is lawful in other countries.” http://abcnews.go.com/US/orange-juice-safe-fda- carbendazim-safety-concern/story?id=15504105
I still remember how fearful I was when hearing this in the news and reading the article.
When women bear children, their primary concern is to eat healthy foods to feed their growing fetus. Also, we try our best to follow any advice and recommendation from our doctors, magazines articles, friends, and family to maintain a healthy pregnancy. It is unfortunate that while pregnant we are more careful about what we eat and what we do but do not continue to carry out the healthy lifestyle after we give birth. Though, we ensure that our babies and children are eating the proper foods.
My concerns are not only for pregnant mothers and children but also for every individual young and old. We live in a world where we have become so accustomed to finding ways to make our lives comfortable that we forget what we have learned at a young age and what our ancestors have instilled in us. When we make our own juice, we are drinking a wealth of nutrients (flavonoids, folates, and thiamine) as well as reducing the number of chemicals found in “processed juice’ that are absorbed by our body. We have to find time to grab and squeeze a few oranges to make juice… it only takes a few minutes and not pour the orange juice from a container into a glass.
Studies have shown that fresh orange juice can protect us against cancer and heart disease and help to lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels. So next time you decide to buy orange juice switch to the fruit instead. Try going back to basic; it is healthier, and we can be certain that the nutritional value of the beverage is not depleted.
Also of making freshly squeezed orange juice, we can apply the same principle for making fresh juice with other fruits as well.
Let’s go back to basic and drink healthier juices.
Contributed by Erika
ABC Good Morning America – Is your orange juice safe? FDA Says Carbendazim Causes No Safety Concern. http://abcnews.go.com/US/orange-juice-safe-fda-carbendazim-safety-concern/story?id=15504105
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Risk Assessment for Safety of Orange Juice Containing Fungicide Carbendazim http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/chemicals/carbendazim-fs.htm