Through being high in vitamin C and fibre, OJ is a sure-fire way to give your body a boost of energy and goodness, helping you to start your day the right way. That's why it's best to leave the messy bit to the reliable likes of Pip, Biona and Innocent who are producing OJ's of the highest quality.
We've collected the UK's most delicious and nutritious options from Amazon, Tesco, Waitrose and ASDA to bring you a top 9 to drool over. With cold-pressed, freshly squeezed and concentrated options, there's a juice to cater to every family's taste and budget. Also, we have partnered with Nutritionist Tara Corbett for reviewing and fact-checking the article so that we can deliver the best information to our users.
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Orange juice can be branded as either fresh or from concentrate. As the name suggests, the process of freshly squeezed OJ means goes straight from the orange to the bottle. It's rarely tampered with and often comes with all the pulpy goodness offered up by the fruit itself, so it's no surprise it's usually tastier.
Orange juice that comes from a concentrate, meanwhile, has had the water removed from it then re-added before packaging. This process makes the orange juice easier and cheaper to transport from the farm to the factory and therefore generally has a cheaper price tag for you as the consumer.
Although not scientifically proven, many people find kids prefer concentrate juice through its often watered-down taste and added sugar – whereas health-conscious OJ lovers and purists won't even look at concentrates in fear of this. Interestingly, you're still likely to get your 1 of 5 a day whichever you choose, and that's what counts.
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Leading on from the fresh or concentrate debate comes a new bunch of orange-ending questions in the form of smooth vs. pulp or 'with bits' juice. This is ultimately down to the flavour that you prefer, but we thought it would be smart, albeit a little bit provocative, to ask the question anyway.
These days you can find both fresh and from concentrate OJ to be smooth as silk or bursting with bits. Juice with pulp is often referred to as the healthier option through having an increased fibre content that supplies you with extra antioxidants and plant-derived nutrients like flavonoids.
Although smooth loses out a little on the fibre and nutrient front, for a lot of Brits there's simply no other orange juice passing their lips. Many people despise the pulp as you're more likely to find bits in your teeth after drinking it, which if you're sensitive to the subject, can irritate you like nobody's business.
Another part to the orange juice taste story is how and why each OJ is processed.
Vitamin C is one of those super vitamins that our bodies not only need but crave. Formerly known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C acts as a powerful antioxidant that fights off free radicals found in other food sources that we eat. The human body can't store vitamin C which makes it a great every-day nutrient to acquire through your diet.
One of the best naturally-occurring sources of vitamin C is, of course, orange juice. The human body and its immune system functions best when it's getting between 65 and 90 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C a day, but not all orange juices have the same level of the good stuff. If a high vitamin C content is important to you, go for cold pressed juices as they pip the post with upwards of 45 mg per 100 ml.
Processed OJ's, in contrast, can be lacking on the vitamin C front with as little as 20 mg per 100 ml. You should also be weary of how much calories you are consuming as certain orange juices can have unhealthily high calories which is especially bad if you are consuming daily. As a rule of thumb, stay away from anything that has over 100 kcal per 100 ml to avoid health consequences such as weight gain.
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The organic food and drink industry is gaining traction here in the UK and is worth almost £2.5 annually. This organic dominance can only mean good and honest things with more and more companies switching over to the organic side.
Where organic orange juice is concerned, it's all about the farming practices in which the oranges are grown. These practices include farming without the use of herbicides, pesticides and synthetic fertilisers, which can have negative impacts on both the environment and our health.
With a huge proportion of the orange juice that we drink coming from farms in Europe, be sure to look out for a juice that is 100% certified from the European organic certification body when choosing organic. This will give you the assurance that it has been produced under the strictest of organic manufacturing processes.
If you feel like having some fresh juiciness without the added sugar or calories, why not give flavoured waters a try?
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Pip Pip Hooray! is their motto and winning awards is their game. With 50 great taste awards under their belt, Pip has officially been named a 'great taste producer' which is a coveted achievement in itself. They had to top this list through their sheer dedication and commitment to the cause.
By producing 100% certified organic orange juice that's been cold pressed and freshly squeezed straight out of that day's harvest, they certainly are committed. This is a pulp-packed affair that'll leave you day dreaming about the next time you get a bottle of Pip all to your infatuated self.
Our no. 2 pick has 5 glowing stars on Waitrose! Fans of this Sicilian Blood Orange Juice can't get enough of its perfect, refreshing mix of sweet and sour that has a satisfying zing of tanginess.
For the affordable price, you get a whole litre bottle of juice which can last you for up to a week if you have a small household. Though it's also great for sharing in larger households. Plus, it's both vegan and vegetarian.
Waitrose's No 1. freshly squeezed orange juice with bits comes in with more five star ratings than you can poke a straw at. With so many smitten customers proclaiming it tastes as if they've squeezed the oranges that very morning, this OJ has something special going on.
This is an unpasteurised juice so it retains all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals that it possibly could, including 46 mg of vitamin C. It's most likely been processed using the HHP method of production, although this isn't mentioned. This won't stop it from standing up and being counted as the divine and authentic OJ that it is, however.
Biona have got a wide hand in the organic market, tapping into what the people want and delivering it on a certified organic platter. Being smooth, organic, cold-pressed and freshly squeezed, this orange juice is up there with the best of them in terms of both flavour and nutrients.
The organic oranges are cold-pressed immediately after harvest to ensure they hold onto all of their zesty sweetness from the farm to your glass. The only reason this isn't peaking at number one is because of its high price point, which is warranted but perhaps a bit pricey for some.
Innocent is a juice company that haven't been around for as long as Tropicana, but that hasn't stopped them from making some serious waves with their healthy, tasty drinks and use of sustainably-sourced ingredients. This is their smooth OJ that's freshly squeezed and extremely delicious.
At 1.35 litres, it's larger than most family-sized bottles so should last at least a few days. With a seductively sweet yet tangy flavour, it'll be an instant classic for the whole family. This is a super-fresh bottle that will need to go straight in the fridge as opposed to being UHT, but this just makes it all the tastier.
Tropicana's Original With Bits is one of the most well-known and clearly loved orange juices of the nation. It's a well-priced brand-name favourite that's for sale in every supermarket and corner shop from here to over there and even further than that – and for good reason.
Tropicana pride themselves on delivering freshly squeezed OJ that tastes how it should and is certain to give you a jump start of energy. The only slight downside is it's still low on the vitamin C front at 24 mg per 100 ml, which could beg the question, what other vitamins and minerals is it lacking in?
The sweetness and flavour of this drink is just so perfect that you wouldn't believe there's no added concentrate, sugars, or even sweeteners so don't have to feel bad about overindulging. These also come in fully recyclable boxes, so you won't have to worry about ending up with too much plastic waste.
Made from the finest sun-ripened oranges, this 500ml bottle is packed with the goodness of nature. Every sip delivers a burst of zesty and succulent orange taste, offering a perfect balance of sweetness and tanginess.
Juice Burst's orange juice is not only delicious, but it's also a great source of essential vitamins and nutrients. Whether enjoyed as a morning pick-me-up or a thirst-quencher during the day, it's the perfect choice for anyone seeking a revitalizing and healthy beverage. With no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, Juice Burst Smooth Orange Juice is a guilt-free indulgence that captures the pure essence of ripe oranges in a convenient bottle.
Another OJ more geared toward the next generation, this multipack from Don Simon has got the school playground written all over it. Containing 4 x 125 ml cartons, it's the perfect size to keep the lunchbox stocked for almost a week.
This is a pure orange juice with great vitamin C content at 40 mg per 100 ml, great for helping young ones achieve their daily requirements.. In saying that, it's really tasty, so if you like your juice simple and sweet, click ahead and step into Don Simon's way of juicing things.
Simply a great saver pack of orange juice from Asda, this smooth from concentrate OJ will suit any family where the kids are more than likely to consume an entire carton in one pre-school sitting.
With 20 mg of vitamin C per 100 ml, it doesn't rate too highly on the energy front when compared to some of the other brands on this list. However, at the rate children are likely to guzzle it, it's still a sure bet they'll get their daily quota and then some. Plus, as this UHT multipack contains four 1L cartons for less than £3, it's a good family cupboard staple.
Written and Researched by Connor Macanally
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