Stiftung Warentest: Hardly healthy multivitamin juices

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Stiftung Warentest: Only a multivitamin juice was rated "very good" in a comparative study

Parents want to do something good for their children and ensure that they are adequately supplied with vitamins and minerals. Therefore, many resort to multivitamin juice, because the advertising suggests that the juices are "a contribution to health". The consumer organization “Stiftung Warentest” tested a total of 22 fruit juices. Only one vitamin juice was rated "very good". Only in rare cases was high quality fruit juice actually included.

The multivitamin juices are supposed to "strengthen the health of young and old", the producers praise their juices in a similar way. Many colorful fruit varieties and slogans shine on the packaging to convey "with vital vitamins", consumers drink a healthy product to strengthen their immune system. The Stiftung Warentest has analyzed 22 commercially available vitamin juices in more detail and evaluated the results in the laboratory. Only one drink was rated "very good" in the test. In return, eight were given “sufficient” or “poor” censorship. As a result, the reality of most fruit drinks is pretty disappointing.

Results of the multi-disappointing investigation
"Multi-disappointing", the foundation's experts sum up the fruit juice assessment. Although the packaging looks appetizing and the taste of fresh fruit is depicted, most are not as healthy as they suggest. Only three of the juices examined were convincing. The test winner was the expensive organic product "11 plus 11" from the manufacturer "Rabenhorst". The juices are preferably only sold in health food stores and health food stores and cost EUR 3.99 per juice bottle. The Rabenhorst juice is the only one that is produced from direct juices and therefore leads to a "particularly fruity taste". The multi-juice was the only product to be rated "very good". In second and third place the juices “Amecke intense Multivitamin” made it for 1.69 euros and the fruit star “Multivitamin juice from Netto Marken-Discount” for only 95 cents per bottle.

Hardly any fruit, but flavors
The testers focused on the ingredients and the special compositions. It is conveyed that the juices are full of exotic fruits. For most varieties, however, only very small amounts were used in the manufacturing process. The main components are apples and oranges. According to the Foundation's evaluation, six multi-juices did not have sufficient quantities. The following products therefore only achieved a "poor": Albi, Rauch, Kaiser’s Tengelmann, Bauer, Bari and the Red Multi from Edeka. With the juice from Bari, the experts were able to detect almost no fruit flavors in the laboratory. Bari was also unable to convince in the taste test: the testers neither tasted "fruity-exotic", but stood out due to a musty taste paired with a malt flavor of "old fruits". Some juice companies only use fruit juice concentrates and do not add the required flavors when re-diluted. The term “fruit juice” is misleading in these circumstances and is not legal under the Food Ordinance.

Excessive amount of synthetically produced vitamins
Synthetically produced vitamins are not healthy at all. Many studies have recently indicated that high doses of artificial vitamins even harm health. In contrast, the producers added artificial vitamins to the juices in large quantities. In some cases, the quantities were even higher than those on the labels. For some products, the proportion exceeded three times as described. According to the Stiftung Warentest, consumers can hardly rely on manufacturers' declarations. Because an excessive supply of vitamins can damage the body, the experts advise you to drink at most one glass, because most foods are already rich in vitamins. For this reason, these juices are hardly suitable as thirst quenchers, unless they are mixed with water to make spritzers. The bottom line is that if you want to eat a healthy diet, it's best to grab fresh fruit right away or squeeze your own fruit juice out of it. An unhealthy basic diet cannot be achieved with artificially added vitamins. All results in the overview have been published in the magazine "Test" in issue 3/2012 of the consumer initiative. (sb)

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