Sodium Benzoate (E211) is a preservative that affect bacteria by making the contents of their cells acidic. The bacteria don’t die, but they do become dormant (at least until you drink them).
Ponceau 4R (E124) is a bright red dye used as a substitute to the red dye originally extracted from cochineal bugs. Commonly added to cherry or strawberry juice, people with aspirin allergy may also be allergic to Ponceau 4R.
Tartrazine (E102) is a man-made dye that is added to juices and other products to give them a bright yellow color. Many people are allergic to tartrazine and it may even trigger auto-immune responses in some individuals.
Sunset Yellow (E110) is a dye used to color fruit and vegetable juices. This additive has been reported as triggering allergies, skin reaction, ADHD and more.
Quinoline Yellow WS (E104) is a yellow-green dye used to color fruit and vegetable juices. This additive increases absorption of aluminium in the gut – an element thought to contribute to Alzheimer’s disease!
Stevia (E960) is a natural sweetner from a plant in Paraguay (Stevia rebaudiana) and has been used by South Americans for centuries as a sweetner.
Plasticizers are found in the plastic drinks bottles themselves. If your juice bottle gets warm, these plasticizers can leak back into the juice and it’s not something you want to be drinking.
Citric acid (E330) is a pH regulator, flavoring and preservative. It also helps prevent the juice pulp sinking to the bottom.
Corn syrup is a high-fructose sweetner added to fruit and vegetable jucies.
Saccharin (E954) is a sweetner that was discovered in 1871 by a chemist working on coal tar!
Neotame (E961) is a sweetner that is very similar to aspartame but a lot sweeter.
Splenda is an extremely sweet sweetner we have all heard of. It also goes by the name sucralose. Contrary to common belief, it’s not zero-calories.
Sodium Hexametaphosphate (E452i) helps keeps juice pulp mixed in the liquid rather than sinking to the bottom.
Sea salt may not be the most obvious component of juices, but a lot of supermarket juices do contain sea salt for added taste.
Sulfites are a range of preservatives used in fruit and vegetable juices.
Tagatose is a sugar found in dairy products. Almost as sweet as sugar, this alternative has fewer calories so is used to sweeten fruit and vegetable juices.
Vanillin is an artificial vanilla flavoring used in Vanilla Escence and baby formulas, but is it addictive?
Tartaric Acid (E472d) is a tart crystalline substance found in some fruit. It can be used as a flavoring to add tartness or mask the unpleasant aftertaste of artificial sweetners.
Erythritol (E968) is a natural sugar used to sweeten juices. Since it isn’t readily digested by the bacteria in your gut, it doesn’t cause wind.
Beet Powder (E162) is a colorant from dried beet roots but it also adds an unusual flavor to juices.