I used to buy Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice, thinking I was getting the closest possible thing to the real stuff, until I read this article:
It’s in interview with the author of a book called “Squeezed: What you don’t know about Orange Juice”. Well, you know that can’t be good. I don’t know if it’s truth or hype, but it was a wake up call to remember to eat food with the least processing whenever possible.
So in my ongoing quest to ‘eat real food, not too much, mostly plants’ (see Michael Pollan’s book In Defense of Food: An Eater’s manifesto), the concept of only eating things Grandma would have recognized as food, I decided to start drinking fresh-squeezed juice for breakfast.
I already had the juicer head for the mixer, I bought it a couple years ago, thinking I would squeeze a bunch of oranges at the beginning of the week to enjoy all week. Well that didn’t work out. But it turns out that just squeezing two oranges for breakfast every morning is fast and easy, in fact I can juice them and have the whole thing cleaned up before my toast pops up. And it tastes really good. Plus now I have oranges around the kitchen, so I’m more likely to grab one for a snack during the day. There are also fresh baked cookies in the kitchen, and since I’m sure Grandma would have recognized those as food, they are also fair game.
I was put off a bit by the fact that the oranges are still sprayed with some unpronouncable chemicals to protect them during shipping. We’ll just have to live with that, I guess, since Oranges are not something we can grow around here.