Mango Drinks Be­tween the pulp and the sugar

Consumer Voice - - The Surveillance Series -

Sure, they are not en­tirely the real thing. Pack­aged mango drinks are a con­coc­tion of mango pulp, nat­u­ral and added sugar, cit­ric acid, and thick­en­ing agents. The as­so­ci­a­tion with a muchloved fruit makes it a pop­u­lar ‘al­ter­na­tive’ drink for many. While it is fine to oc­ca­sion­ally in­dulge in such drinks, be­ing aware of what goes into their mak­ing is im­por­tant and will leave us wiser as to the dif­fer­ence be­tween the ac­tual fruit and the pulp.

For one, when fruits are made into pulp or juice they lose their im­por­tant fi­bres and vi­ta­min con­tent. These drinks usu­ally con­tain more sugar than the ac­tual fruit. The fol­low­ing re­port as­sesses, among other things, the sugar con­tent of seven brands of mango drinks, tak­ing the ag­gre­gate of both nat­u­ral and added sugar. Ex­pressed as to­tal sol­u­ble solids (TSS), it is con­sid­ered as higher the bet­ter, sub­ject to it be­ing low in added sugar and re­stricted quan­tity of other thick­en­ing agents. So, this is some­thing the con­sumer should look out for when choos­ing their mango drink.

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