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      20.05.2013 00:28
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      An OK health drink for the laydees.

      I'm reviewing Tesco own brand cranberry juice drink.
      It comes in a 1litre carton and costs £1.10p.
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      ***WHY***

      Well I suffer from IBS which is fairly under control,but when it does flare up I tend to get the occasional UTI in the aftermath. Use your imagination regarding why this happens, because I don't want to get too graphic. Anyway,having read that cranberry juice aids fighting UTIs I now tend to make sure I have some left in and as soon as an IBS attack kicks off I make sure to drink lots of this juice. Actually,my friend who is a nurse says you'd need to drink about 5 gallons a day for cranberry juice to be an affective treatment for a UTI, so maybe I'm fooling myself,but any juice is good and what harm can it do.

      ***IT***

      It is a cranberry juice,and if you want a nice cutesy drink then this is not for you. Frankly,were it not for the claimed benefits I wouldn't opt for it at all. It is bitter,while being sweet,if that makes sense. I think they load it with sugar to lessen the bitterness and make it more palatable.
      I'm rather disappointed too,that it is made from concentrate(19%) and some cranberry purée (2%). I had thought/assumed it would be more pure than that. Having said all that,it is a fruit drink said to be good for you, so worth giving a try.
      This is NOT a drink for little ones. Well, not the two I look after. They tried it and Conal pulled a face ,while Holly said it tasted of medicine. From the mouths of babes,literally.
      The packaging is a basic waxed carton with a screw top lid,so no faffing around with scissors to get access to the drink.
      Once opened it must be consumed within 4 days.
      An annoying thing is that no matter how much I shake this prior to pouring,I still get lots and lots of 'stuff' in the last glass. Little particles of something (presumably cranberry)but very 'dusty' and annoying.

      Disposing of the pack can best be done by leaving the screw top off and folding/flattening the carton till it is nice and flat (space-saving) and then screwing the lid back on securely to prevent it inflating again in the bin .


      Cranberry juice has a very acerbic ,mouth drying effect,and for some reason this Tesco one is not that strong in that regard,which makes me wonder if it is as concentrated as the more expensive Ocean Spray version....which is VERY acerbic.
      I tend to go with the old adage that things that are good for one rarely taste pleasant,and cranberry juice is not pleasant. Not horrific, but not more-ish.....well, not for me.


      At present this carton costs £1.10p in Tesco ,but is on offer at 4 cartons for £4.....saving 10p per carton....big whoopy-doo(rolls eyes).....save 40p but get your arms lengthened by 2" carrying four heavy cartons home . But just this afternoon my hubby bought a carton of Ocean Spray Cranberry in my local, but usually expensive SPAR for just £1 ! It costs £1.79p for Ocean Spray in Tesco ! So I'm gonna go get more of those £1 cartons tomorrow (I'm sure it's a pricing mistake though).

      Has it helped the UTIs ? Not sure on that. Yes ,they have lessened and are definitely less severe and I can't remember the last time I needed to see my doctor for one,so something is helping . Either way I'll keep using cranberry juice and I'll buy this one for the savings involved ,but will definitely continue watching for the Ocean Spray being on offer as I'm convinced it is stronger.


      Would I recommend it ? Well, I'd recommend trying it and it can't do any harm as long as you brush your teeth after drinking it.

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      31.01.2012 22:17
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      Do not like or recommend it

      My wife was advised by our GP to try to drink more cranberry juice as she is prone to urinary tract infections and he told her this would help. She usually manages to drink a medium sized glass every day. I also enjoy a nice cranberry juice myself (when thee is any left, that is) but we were buying Sainsbury's own brand until recently when for some reason my other half decided she'd switch to Tesco's.

      The carton is fairly plainly packaged with the usual white plastic flip top lid with the little bit of silver foil underneath that you have to pull back the first time you use it. The carton cost us 80p which I thought seemed pretty reasonable. I like the fact that the lid clips down nice and tight between sues so I know it will stay nice and fresh.

      I have to say that I have been disappointed in this particular cranberry juice and I am afraid it just doesn't live up to the Sainsbury's brand. This juice is a lot sweeter than I am used to in a cranberry juice. I think cranberries are a slightly tart and even bitter fruit, yet this drink does not taste tart or bitter at all. This is due to the fact that Tesco have added so much sugar to the drink that it just tastes 'wrong'. I enjoy the tartness as I think it gives the drink more bite and even makes it more thirst quenching.

      This drink is a nice deep dark red colour and it smells right enough but where it lets itself down is definitely on the taste front. There is just no bite to this drink at all but my other half seems to prefer it to our usual brand which is a shame as I don't think I will be drinking this one.

      As it has so much added sugar and the drink is also concentrated, I am sure it cannot be good for your teeth but that doesn't seem to bother my wife.

      Overall I cannot really recommend this as a nice drink as to me it does not taste of cranberries at all and f you were to blindfold me and ask me to drink it, I think it is so far removed from the taste of cranberries, I would never be able to tell you just what the drink was supposed to be. So, I suppose that says it all, really.

      Not recommended by me - sorry.

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      19.09.2011 17:24
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      A good, refreshing cranberry juice.

      I like to make sure I drink at least one glass of cranberry juice every day, as I read somewhere that it was very good for you. I like to have fruit juice with my breakfast each day but I found orange juice to be slightly too acidic for me so one day I thought I'd give cranberry juice a try. I have now become somewhat addicted to the stuff and it is my drink of choice if I go out anywhere.

      I've tasted most of the cranberry juices on the market. Some I have liked, some I haven't. I tend to go for flavour rather than what is on the ingredients list though. The top brand of cranberry I found to be rather insipid, if I'm honest, but then I gave Tesco's own brand a try and have been buying that ever since. It has a lovely fresh taste and is sweet without being sickly. Served chilled on a hot summer's day, it is really refreshing and when I drink it with my breakfast it really wakes me up and lifts my energy levels.

      Like many of the cranberry juices on the market, this is made from cranberry concentrate. I don't really have an issue with this....the fact that it is concentrated, to me means that there is more goodness in the juice, and that in turn means better flavour. There is added sugar in this one, but frankly I prefer that to artificial sweeteners. You have to have some sugar in your diet! It has plenty of vitamin C too, so is very good for you.

      Pricewise, Tesco's cranberry is £1.00 per litre, though they do sometimes have money-off offers if you buy three at a time. The more well-known brands cost a few pence more, so there is definitely a saving when buying Tesco's cranberry juice.

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      18.02.2011 19:55
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      Far too high in sugar to drink regularly

      Having grown up with the notion that fruit juices are good for you - they're one of your five a day and they contain all that fruit, must be healthy right? - I was once a big fruit juice drinker. Now, with the realisation that a lot of these fruit juices contain frightening levels of sugar that would have my dentist wincing merely at the thought, I am a little more sparing in my guzzling. From time to time though, I do like a glass of fruit juice and still maintain that, in moderation (as with most things!), it does do me some good.

      Cranberry is a particular favourite of mine as it has the added benefit that it keeps my own waterworks in good health (it is proven to prevent urinary tract infections). Actually, having a quick look online at potential health benefits, it does a lot more - including preventing dental cavities, so perhaps my dentist can rest a little easier after all! I've tried a few different varieties and have been surprised by how different they all taste, but I recently picked this one up for around 80p in Tesco to give it a go.

      The juice is contained, as is pretty standard, in a cardboard container with a plastic flip lid. You need to break the foil under this to access the drink. Once poured into a glass, the juice is a clear, deep reddish colour which is quite appealing. Upon first taste, it is evident that this juice is a lot sweeter than most cranberry juices I have tried - I am used to a slightly more bitter taste, but the taste is quite soft and refreshing. It is definitely very drinkable and tastes very fruity. It does not leave any bitter after taste as some cranberry drinks tend to, but whilst refreshing at first taste it does not really quench my thirst in any way.

      On inspection of the labelling, it is clear why this juice tastes a little different to others I have tried - it is made from concentrate and contains more than it's fair share of added sugar. Without reading this I wouldn't have known how little actual cranberry this contained as it does taste really intense and fruity, but the sweetness of it when cranberry is actually quite a bitter fruit gives the hint as to the sugar content. On the plus side, the drink does contain a lot of vitamin C, so there are health benefits to be had by the occasional glass. However, it is not really conducive to the notion of 'an occasional glass' as, once open it should be refrigerated and consumed within 5 days.

      I think there are better cranberry juices around to meet my needs and I won't be buying this one again!

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        23.01.2010 15:26
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        Two stars - only for taste

        I recently purchased this as an alternative to the more costly cranberry juices on the market, as it is only 86p per litre, opposed to the leading branded competition costing £1.06 per litre.

        Sadly, I did not have the opporunity to read the box in the supermarket, and was disappointed to find that there are no real cranberries in the drink, but it is made from concentrate.

        The ingredients are as follows:

        Water, Glucose syrup, Branberry juice from concentrate (only 10%!!!), sugar, malic acid, colour, natural flavouring and vitamin c.

        That is a hell of a lot of sugar (34% of recommended GDA)!!!. Now I'm no dietician, but a drink that gives you this much sugar must surely be quite bad for most of us.

        The taste of the drink is nice and refreshing, although it is not that dry due to the sweetness. It is high in vitamin c, so could be a good alternative if you do not eat oranges or other fresh fruit. I probably would not recommend children drink it due to the high sugar content, and also, it is no substitute for a healthier fruit juice or piece of fruit.

        The cartons have about nine months on their sell-by-date, although need to be refrigerated and then consumed within five days once opened.

        Cranberries are recommended as infection fighters (especially for urinary tract infections) and are full of antioxidants. However, with a really low content of any natural fruit in this juice, I personally would not look at this particular juice as a healthy choice.

        Overall, I felt compelled to write about this drink to warn others that it is not the healthy choice you might expect compared to most other soft drinks, even though the taste is quite nice.

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          07.06.2009 14:15
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          This is well worth a try.Im hooked now.

          Healthier Lifestyle

          Part of my new year's resolutions this year was to have a healthier diet. One of my aims was to cut back on the amount of coke I had been drinking. Generally at that time I had been drinking a large class of coke each night with my dinner and sometime a can from the vending machine in work. In order to wean myself of the coke I decided to try switching to fruit juice.

          Where to buy and price

          I tend to mostly shop at Tesco and have by now tried nearly all of their varieties at least once. Cranberry juice was one of the last types I have tried and I am glad I saved one of the best to the end. The juice comes in a one litre juice box. It is nor always found in the chilled section but usually tends to be next to other boxes of juice in the carbonated drinks isle. In the large Tesco I use I have noticed in on offer in both sections which is good if you plan to consume when you get home. After all shopping is thirty works. The current price for the cranberry juice is 69 pence in Tesco. Sainsbury's have a similar product on offer at the minute at three for £2.

          Nutritional Information

          For each 250ml glass the juice contains 120 calories and 27.8g of sugar. The sugar content is quite high but the difference between this and coke is that fruit juice contains one you're suggested five a day portions of fruit and veg. From some limited research Cranberries have a very sharp taste and can be difficult for many people to take and as a result most cranberry juice drinks have a higher level of sugar in order to make it easier to take.

          Potential health benefits

          Cranberries have been used to treat a whole host of ailments since the 17ths century. Doctors where known to use crushed cranberries a means of treating scurvy which we now know is caused by a lack of vitamin C .Its not surprising to learn that cranberries and cranberry juice are therefore high in vitamin C.

          The common health benefit of this juice is its ability to help prevent urinary tract infections particularly in women. Recent studies have suggested that this juice has the ability to stop bacteria clinging to the sides of the urinary tract thus helping to prevent infections.


          My opinion

          The juice box is easily opened and poured from. The cranberry juice is bright red in colour and is best served chilled straight from the fridge. The taste of the juice is quite unique. It took me a class or two to actually decide if I liked it or not so perhaps it's a slightly acquired taste. I can now say that I definitely like this juice and it makes a regular appearance in my fridge. The juice is in my opinion very crisp and refreshing and perfect at any time of the day.

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            22.04.2009 18:33
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            A cranberry juice drink which tastes lovely but is packed with sugar.

            I like to start my day with a glass of fruit juice along with my breakfast. A glass of fruit juice counts as 1 of your 5 portions of fruit and vegetables that you should aim to eat each day. For many years I have always had orange juice but more recently have tried to vary my juice and try some new ones. One juice that I have discovered I like is Cranberry so I have been trying a few different varieties to see which I like best.

            This one I am reviewing today is the Tesco Cranberry Juice Drink. It is a cranberry juice drink made with cranberry juice from concentrate. It is found in the aisles with the soft drinks and is not in the chilled cabinet. However before drinking you should chill it in the fridge and keep it refrigerated once open.

            The juice contains water, glucose-fructose syrup, cranberry juice from concentrate, sugar, malic acid, colour, natural flavouring and Vitamin C. I was disappointed to discover that the cranberry juice (from concentrate) only actually makes up 10% of the total ingredients. That really doesn't sound a lot and the fact that the sugary syrup comes higher up doesn't make this juice sound very good for you! What is nice to see is that there are no artificial flavours or colours and no aspartame which was in the last reduced sugar cranberry juice I tried.

            Nutritionally for a 250ml serving there are -
            Calories - 130 kcal
            Sugars - 31g


            A 250ml serving also contains 104% of your RDA of Vitamin C.

            I was quite shocked to see the amount of sugar, this is 34% of your guideline daily amount of sugar.

            The juice drink comes in a 1 litre cardboard carton and costs 69p. At the top there is a plastic flip opener which when you open it for the first time punctures a hole into the carton and allowing you to pour the juice. You can then push the plastic cap back down to reseal the carton. The drink should be used within 5 days of opening. Having a glass each day you can easily use this up in the best before time even if you are the only one drinking it.

            The juice is a lovely reddish pink cranberry colour. It tastes quite cranberry flavoured, it's really quite refreshing, you can taste the sweetness of it. This is hardly surprising considering the amount of sugar they have added to it. I really like the taste but I think it would still taste really nice with a little less sugar. It is definitely the most fruity cranberry juice I have tasted so far.

            This is a nice juice, a good source of Vitamin C and is nice and fruity tasting. However having examined the ingredients and discovered just how much sugar has been added I really don't think I would buy this again. It's all very well having one of your 5 a day as a juice but when it's got that much sugar it really would be better for you not to have it. I am off on my search again to find a better more natural juice with less added sugar. Wish me luck!

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