Get Sweet On The Amazing Lemon

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The next time life hands you lemons… say “thank you!”

All-natural lemon juice is not only super nutritious but it also adds great flavor to all kinds of foods.

A little lemon juice can add a zing to ordinary tap water, tenderize meats and poultry, spice up a filet of fish, and prevent fruit salad from browning.

And, besides being kind to your taste buds, lemon juice has many healing powers. Before the dawn of refrigeration, sailors and travelers used lemon juice to prevent scurvy and tooth loss.

Check out the other amazing benefits of lemon juice:

  • Cleanses toxins from your blood
  • May strengthen your immune system against the flu or colds
  • Possesses antibacterial and antiviral properties – and may help heal infections
  • It’s high in potassium and could be beneficial for people with heart disease
  • And it’s loaded with vitamin C!

Ideally, we would wake every morning and squeeze fresh lemons for our daily dose. But who has that kind of time? The next best thing is to reach for the convenience of bottled lemon juice, right?

Not so fast. Before you add that bottled juice to your water, check the back label and make sure you aren’t getting more than lemons!

Case in Point: ReaLemon Lemon Juice From Concentrate

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INGREDIENTS: Lemon Juice from Concentrate (Water, Concentrated Lemon Juice), Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Metabisulfite and Sodium Sulfite (Preservatives), Lemon Oil.


Decoding the Fine Print

If ReaLemon was around 100 years ago, sailors might have risked scurvy rather than risk this carcinogen-laced tonic. That’s right, this brand of lemon “juice” contains cancer-causing agents. Check it out:

The ReaLemon brand has THREE harmful preservatives padding out their very short ingredients list: sodium benzoate, sodium metabisulfite and sodium sulfite.

Fun Fact: When combined with vitamin C, sodium benzoate reacts to form benzene, a scary substance that is listed by health authorities as a carcinogen. ReaLemon has managed to take nutritious vitamin C and turn it into poison!


BestBrands

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The next time you’re shopping for pre-squeezed lemon juice, be sure to choose from our eBrandAid BestBrands list.

And remember, when our food sleuths shop for a lemon juice, they look for the real deal, without harmful preservatives. Take a look:

Woodstock Farms Organics Lemon Juice Pure Not From Concentrate

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Ingredients: Organic Lemon Juice

Woodstock Farms uses real lemons…and they’re organic! Not every grocery store stocks Woodstock, so if you don’t live near a health food store like Whole Foods, you can find this brand online.

Minute Maid Premium Lemon Juice, From Concentrate

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Ingredients: Pure Filtered Water, Concentrated Lemon Juice.

Minute Maid offers 100% juice and comes with an easy-pour top. The juice of SEVEN whole lemons fits into this bottle, which is purchased frozen so it keeps longer. Even in your fridge, it will last up to eight weeks! Look for it in your local grocery store’s frozen juice section.

Our last recommendation earns our SilverMedal distinction. It’s a good choice, it’s just not the best in our book because it contains extra additives. Still, if you need some zest in a hurry, this option can be a lifesaver.

True Lemon Crystallized Lemon

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Ingredients:Citric Acid, Lactose (A Milk Derivative), Lemon Juice, Lemon Oil, Maltodextrin, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C).

Although True Lemon’s ingredient list reads a little like a lemon substitute, it tastes like the real thing. Even the most savvy lemon juice connoisseur would have a hard time telling the difference! Plus, it’s made from mostly all-natural ingredients, and there are no harmful preservatives.

Whether you’ve been stuck at sea for weeks or just stuck in your office, you can rely on these brands to add zing to your foods and beverages… and strength to your body. And remember: A squeeze a day keeps the scurvy away!

Remember, when you’re armed with a little eBrandAid know-how, you’re in control at the grocery store.

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In Our Opinion: The information contained in the eBrandAid e-newsletters is strictly based on the opinions of the eBrand Doctors. We have created a set of guidelines that we believe will help shoppers to better understand and decode food labels on products found in most grocery stores. Our mission is to help shoppers find the healthier brands that have the least amount of chemicals and other junk ingredients.

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