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September 25, 2010

Green Goodness from Bolthouse Farms uses Juice FROM CONCENTRATE

Filed under: Reviews — Tyler @ 1:35 pm
Bolthouse Farms - Green Goodness

Bolthouse Farms - Green Goodness

Finding a good juice to drink isn’t easy. There are so many choices out there that claim to healthy but not all of them taste very good. But yesterday I had the pleasure of drinking the very flavorful “Green Goodness” Fruit Smoothie from Green Goodness. It tastes great and I drank it back to back with “Green Machine” by Naked Juice in order to compare the flavor and nutrients used. What I found was that both drinks tasted great and had good nutritional value. But “Green Goodness” by Bolthouse Farms uses Juice FROM CONCENTRATE. I found this out by checking the ingredients label. This is probably why “Green Goodness” doesn’t taste quite as good as “Green Machine” by Naked Juice. From what I can tell from the label, “Green Machine” doesn’t use juice from concentrate. This is a bummer for Bolthouse Farms because it seems that “Green Goodness” juice has a lot more vitamins than “Green Machine.” For example, “Green Goodness” has 150% daily Manganese levels, and 120% daily Zinc levels. That is a lot more vitamins than what’s in the Naked Juice “Green Machine.” In that one the highest levels you see for daily vitamins is Vitamin C which has a daily value of 40%.

So there is a tradeoff, Naked Juice’s Green Machine tastes better and uses non-CONCENTRATE juices. But the Bolthouse Farms Green Goodness has slightly better vitamin content. Everything became clear to me when I read that the juice was from concentrate. I was like, “Oh, that’s why it tastes like that.” It just doesn’t have the same kind of punch as the “Green Machine” by Naked Juice.

Yet Green Goodness is a delicious juice. I would drink it almost everyday it is so good. I just think it would taste even better if they didn’t use juice from Concentrate. That isn’t good for making top-notch flavor.

Jerusalem Artichokes

Jerusalem Artichokes

One thing to note is that when I bought my two juices from Bristol Farms in Corona del Mar, the Bolthouse Farms “Green Goodness” was 50 cents cheaper than the “Green Machine” by Naked Juice. So maybe by using juice from concentrate, they are able to cut down on the overall price of their product. I guess you got to do whatever you have to do, in order to stay competitive. But you would think that if Bolthouse Farms was able to spend the extra money to have Jerusalem Artichokes in their smoothie, then they could drop the extra bucks to use juice that wasn’t from concentrate. Speaking of Jerusalem Artichokes, those things look nothing like a traditional artichoke. They look more like long ginger roots, with sunflowers. I really want to try one on its own someday and see what they taste like.

Overall I really like the Green Goodness from Bolthouse Farms and it is a good change-up from the Green Machine by Naked Juice. If I ever get tired of the flavor of one of them I can always switch to the other.



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