Sometimes we don’t have the time to make our own fresh juices and smoothies. When I’m on the go and I crave delicious fruits and veggies, I just buy a bottled smoothie or juice.
Naked Juice is available everywhere, but is Naked Juice organic? I prefer using organic produce in my juices and smoothies after all.
I’ve done the research and here’s what I’ve found out:
No, Naked Juice is not organic. All Naked Juice, Naked Protein, and Naked Smoothie products aren’t organic. Only Naked Coconut Water is certified organic.
That was only the short answer to the question.
In this article, I’m going to show you why non-organic juices are still healthier than not having any juices at all.
Also, you’re going to learn why fresh, cold-pressed juices are always better than most store-bought juices.
I’m also going through my favorite organic juice brand and where you can get it.
Let’s get started!
Naked Juice isn’t organic but does it matter?
Organic foods are increasingly popular, it’s one of the fastest-growing trends during the last few years.
Walk through any store today, and you’re going to see more and more shelf space devoted to organic foods.
And there are good reasons for it!
Organic farming is better for our planet and it should be better for our health as well.
The USDA regulates the industry, so in theory, organic fruits and veggies shouldn’t contain a lot of nasty pesticides and herbicides. Certified organic foods are also naturally non-GMO.
Organic vs. conventional juices and smoothies
If you’re shopping for organic foods, expect to pay roughly 50% more than for conventional foods, is it worth it? It entirely depends on your situation!
I usually use organic produce when I’m making smoothies and juices.
Sometimes when I talk about juicing, people tell me they can’t afford it, because organic produce is so expensive.
My response is always the same: it’s way better to have smoothies or juices made with conventionally grown produce than not having any fruits and veggies at all!
Both conventionally grown and organic produce provide fiber, vitamins, and fiber, and both are essentially fat-free and low in calories.
Studies have actually only shown small to moderate increases in nutrients in organic produce.
The reason I mostly choose organic is pesticides.
Organic produce has significantly lower levels (although still may have residues) of pesticides that can have negative effects on our health.
How to reduce pesticides in fruits and veggies
If you’re making smoothies or fresh juices at home, you could easily reduce the number of pesticides in conventionally grown produce.
Scientists at the University of Massachusetts found out that soaking your fruits and veggies in a solution of water and baking soda can reduce pesticides from the surface effectively.
Just try it yourself next time you’re making smoothies at home. It’s fast and easy:
- Just swirl your produce in a solution of 2 teaspoons baking soda for every 4 cups of water. The fruits and veggies need to be submerged completely.
- After 30 seconds scrub the produce with a soft vegetable brush
- And then rinse under running cold water
So, Naked Juice isn’t organic but is it still healthy?
Naked Juice is called naked because it doesn’t contain added sugars, artificial flavors, and preservatives.
Despite having no added sugars, fruits are still naturally high in sugar, and Naked Juice is mostly made out of fruits.
So, let’s check the label of different Naked Juices and Naked Smoothies and see how much sugar is in there:
- Kale blazer – sugar: 34g
- Bright beets – sugar: 41g
- Rainbow machine – sugar: 47g
- Red machine – sugar: 48g
- Tropical guava – sugar: 50g
- Green machine – sugar: 53g
- Blue machine – sugar: 55g
- Vitamin D machine – sugar: 55g
- Power C machine – sugar: 55g
There’s more sugar in a 15.2 oz bottle of Naked Juice than in a 12 oz can of Coca-Cola, which has 39g of sugar.
But before you replace your Naked Juice with soda, hear me out first.
Soda contains refined sugar, the sugar in Naked Juice is fruit sugar, that’s a huge difference!
Refined sugar is highly addictive and doesn’t contain any nutritional value. Fruits contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber, all of which are good for you.
Also, your body treats fruits differently than sugar in candies and soda.
It metabolizes fruit sugar much slower than refined sugar, because of the fiber that’s in fruits. That’s why your blood sugar levels go on a roller coaster if you eat too many candies.
Like any sugar, fruit sugar should be consumed in moderation. But if you’re choosing between soda or smoothies, juices (including Naked Juices) are the healthier option. So, you’re moving in the right direction!
Why fresh juices are better than Naked Juice
Why make your own juices, when you can get the same thing in the store without all the work and clean up?
Easy question, easy answer.
It’s WAY healthier (and cheaper) to make your own smoothies and juices at home.
While store-bought smoothies are convenient, they shouldn’t be a substitute for fresh juice.
Fresh juice contains way more vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, as well as flavonoids, and enzymes than any store-bought juice you can get!
And it’s more delicious too!
When you juice fruits and veggies you can control exactly what’s going in there. If you want less sugary juices, simply add more veggies than fruits.
Keep in mind that all store-bought juices, including Naked Juice, are pasteurized to extend their shelf life. The juice gets heated at high temperatures for almost an hour!
This way the juice is sterile but also lost most of the nutrients as well. But that’s not the end of the story…
Now, the pasteurized juice often gets heated again to remove the water and reduce it to a concentrate. This way it’s cheaper to ship the juice around the world.. again nutrients get lost.
Because juice concentrate contains fewer nutrients (and flavor) than fresh juice, manufacturers often add synthetic vitamins and flavors.
Is Naked Juice made from concentrate?
Yes, Naked Juice is made from concentrate, just like almost any other juice you can find at your grocery store.
And just like other brands, Naked Juice uses flavors (at least they’re using natural flavors) and added vitamins to enhance the taste and nutrient profile of their juices.
Not all store-bought juice is created equal though. There are some noteworthy exceptions.
The most nutritious juices you could buy are either juices labeled “not made from concentrate” or even better, cold-pressed juices.
Cold-pressed juice is made with a press that uses pressure to extract the juice. This way the juice gets squeezed out slowly and isn’t heated during the process and it retains most of the nutrients.
Most cold-pressed juices have a limited shelf life of just a few days. Fresh juice is best to be consumed when it’s fresh!
You could easily make nutritious, cold-pressed juices at home, check out the best cold-press juicers to get started.
My favorite organic juice brand
Whenever I don’t have the time to make fresh juices, I usually buy cold-pressed juices that don’t contain added preservatives or sugar.
AllWello cold-pressed juices are certified organic and never made from concentrates. They’re not cheap, but they aren’t as expensive as some other cold-pressed juices, you can check them out here.
Without a single preservative, AllWello juices have an impressive shelf life of 12 months.
The juices come in glass bottles, which I love! And they taste great, just like cold-pressed juice is supposed to taste.
Did I cover everything you wanted to know about whether Naked Juice is organic?
While Naked Juice isn’t organic, it’s still healthier than most sugar-laden drinks you can find at your grocery store.
If you’re serious about your health, it’s best to drink fresh, cold-pressed juice made mostly out of vegetables. If you love your body and give it the nutrients it needs, it’ll love you back.
If you have any questions about Naked Juice or fresh smoothies and juices, just leave me a message in the comments section below. Stay vibrant, happy & healthy!