Selecting the Right Cherry Juice
With all of the choices available to select from, how can you be sure you’re selecting the right cherry juice for your needs. After reading this quick post, you’ll soon know exactly what to look for when decide what cherry juice is just the right fit for you and your family.
As more and more people are choosing cherry juice to fight joint pain caused by gout and arthritis doesn’t it makes sense to get the right juice?
There are 4 mains consideration when deciding which tart cherry juice is the best for you. Check out this list of the top 4 things to look for:
- The Variety of Cherry
- The Packaging and Taste
- The Quality
- No Sediment (Sediment-Free Guarantee)
The Different Variety of the Cherries
The are basically two types of cherry types. There is a sweet cherry and the tart cherry. The sweet cherry is commonly referred to as any of the following names:
- Black Cherry
- Dark Cherry
- Sweet Cherry
- Purple Cherry
The sweet cherry or dark cherry is often enjoyed as a tasty snack. It is the most popular type of cherry sold at farmer’s markets and in the produce section of your local grocery store. The fruit itself is rather large and has a distinctive dark hue.
Check out this photo of the dark or sweet cherry.
The other variety is the Montmorency tart cherry. While it is the most popular cherry used for baking and recipes, it is usually not found in the produce department or farmer’s market. The reason is this cherry is more tart than the sweet variety. That is why it is relied upon as the main variety of cherry for baking. The reduced naturally occurring amount of sugar doesn’t make recipes overly sweet.
Here is a photo of the Montmorency tart cherry.
As you can see, the Montmorency cherry offers a bright red-hue.
In addition, it the type of cherry that has the majority of the studies for insomnia, arthritis, gout and anti-inflammation studies.
Learn more about the differences between the tart cherry and sweet cherry is this video:
The Packaging – Look for Glass Bottles
Cherry juice is packed in plastic bottles, aluminum cans or glass bottles. So when you’re drinking cherry juice, the taste is important. Consumers have reported that they prefer drinking and eating food that is packed in glass bottles, especially cherry juice.
The reason is when drinking cherry juice from glass bottles, you don’t have to worry about plastic leaching. Leaching is widely known in the food industry and it occurs when food, especially juice, it packed in plastic containers. The food actually begins to leach or “pull” plastic molecules from the plastic bottle back into the food. This could affect the taste of the food.
The Quality of the Juice
All juice isn’t the same. The one thing that you want to look for when selecting cherry juice is the brix (pronounced bricks) amount. The brix indicates the natural sugar content in the juice. The highest quality of cherry juice is 68 brix. Lower brix numbers could mean poor quality of product. Also, if the brix amount is not published on the company website or on the bottle, contain the company, prior to making a purchase, to ensure you are buying 68 brix juice.
Seek out Sediment-Free Cherry Juice
Sedimentation is when thick slug or particles of cherry settle on the bottom of the bottle. This happens more often than not with most cherry juices on the market. The reason it happens could be due to any number of reasons including:
- Poor quality concentrate
- Older harvest product
- Inferior bottling process
- Failure to keep the product cool, if not shelf stable, during shipping
Finally, concentrated tart cherry juice delivers a high amount of powerful anti-oxidants. This is measured by the ORAC value of the food. The higher the ORAC, which stands for Oxygen radical absorbance capacity, the better. One serving delivers a whooping 12,800 ORAC units compared to 6,800 of the dried fruit.
So the next time you’re looking for a natural way to fight joint pain due to arthritis or gout enjoy some concentrate tart cherry juice in a smoothies, sparkling water or even in yogurt. But most importantly, enjoy daily and look for the Montmorency cherry juice available from the Traverse Bay Farms region of Michigan.