Red fruit juices in the test: expensive but also healthy?

Stiftung Warentest: Some red fruit juices are not worth the money
Those who are health conscious increasingly use the red fruit juices made from cranberries, pomegranates and aronia berries. Reason enough for the Stiftung Warentest to take a closer look at the products. However, the results of the investigation were terrifying. Many were not worth the purchase price. One product was even spoiled and therefore inedible.

Not all red fruit juices are recommended
According to health experts, cranberry extract protects the bladder because it keeps bacteria away from the mucous membrane. American scientists even suspect that drinking cranberry juice regularly could significantly reduce the use of antibiotics. The red pomegranate is also considered very healthy because it is rich in potassium, iron and polyphenols. However, an investigation has now found that juices made from these fruits are often not recommended.

Twelve euros per liter
The manufacturers charge up to twelve euros per liter for their cranberry, aronia and pomegranate juices. However, not all red fruit juices are worth the money. In a test by the Stiftung Warentest, 16 of 16 products were judged to be defective, two to be sufficient and two to be satisfactory. Ten did well.

Positive: The five cranberry juices - four of them organic products - received a good test quality rating. The cranberry juice from "Rabenhorst" (10.00 euros / liter) stood out particularly: It tasted strongly fruity, slightly sweet and thus secured first place in the category.

No taste errors
The testers found no taste defects in any product. A cranberry juice was even very good from a sensory point of view. Three of the five aronia juices in the test also have great taste, but the aronia juice "Grandlavie Aronia Juice" received only one deficiency in this area. It tasted watered down and was made from concentrate.

Of the six pomegranate juices, three were noticed negatively in the tasting. The coffee brown "7 life pomegranate" tasted mostig-fermented. An analysis confirmed that the organic product was spoiled. It was rated poor.

Two pomegranate juices received the quality rating well, including a cheaper one at 3.30 euros per liter. The "Jacoby pomegranate juice" tasted fruity after ripe pomegranate.

Free from pesticides
After all: "Plant protection products pose no problem with the tested red fruit juices," writes the Stiftung Warentest. “At most, the auditors found them in traces. And the twelve organic juices in the test were completely free of detectable pesticides. "

According to the foundation, articles in magazines and on the Internet suggest that cranberry juice helps fight bladder infections, pomegranate is good for the heart and aronia is even touted as a health or miracle berry.

However, many findings come from tests in the laboratory and, according to product tests, may not be transferable to the human body. Since there is no evidence, the manufacturers should not advertise with so-called "health claims" such as "Protect the heart". (ad)

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