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Do you check the labels on citrus juice in the supermarket?

We've been raised to believe that a glass of orange juice at breakfast is the best way to get Vitamin C in your diet – but is it?

You probably didn't realise this but according to research conducted by the Food and Allergy Consulting and Testing Services, most commercial orange juice is made from hydrated juice concentrates and many of South Africa's leading brands of supermarket orange juices contain as much sugar as carbonated soft drinks, with only traces of Vitamin C.

In fact, after processing that bottle of 100% orange juice, what's left is less than 25% of Vitamin C per serving in comparison to frozen concentrates.

Based on the findings of Business Insider SA, all orange juices that were analysed consisted of significantly less than the 48mg of Vitamin C per 100ml present in a freshly squeezed orange, which equated to more sugar than actual Vitamin C.

Looking for a healthier alternative?

Introducing South Africa's first and only locally processed and packaged Certified Organic citrus juice, SOGA Organic!

You'll be glad to know that the only substance that goes into a bottle of SOGA Organic frozen juice is 100% pure and natural Certified Organic citrus juice, free from preservatives, additives, added sugar, added water, colourings and flavourings – with a Vitamin C content of 46mg per 100ml.

SOGA Organic frozen juice products are grown, produced and packaged on their farm in the heart of the fertile Sundays River Valley in the Eastern Cape. All fresh fruit is supplied by the four SOGA (Sundays Organic Growers Association) members who all farm in close proximity to the packing and processing facilities.

Their mission statement is simple: "We grow and produce South Africa’s only certified organic citrus juice products on a sustainable basis to give our customers safe and healthy food options."

What is the difference between Organic and Certified Organic?

SOGA Organic juice is not just organic, it is Certified Organic. Currently, South Africa has no legislation, regulation or standard controlling organic agriculture production in South Africa. So, until this draft has been passed, it is your responsibility as a consumer to know what you are buying. Anyone can use the word ‘organic’ on their labels. Your only real guarantee is to look for the Certified Organic certification logo.

Certified Organic producers and processors are subject to rigorous announced and unannounced certification inspections by third-party inspectors to ensure that they are producing and processing organic products in a manner you and your family can trust.

As more and more South Africans search for Certified Organic products, SOGA Organic has made their delicious Certified Organic citrus juices available online. Now, you can stock up on your Vitamin C for the month at shop.sogaorganic.co.za and have them delivered right to your door, free of charge or you can find it at selected national retailers!

For more information, visit www.sogaorganic.co.za and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

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