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Mar 22, 2009 06:43 PM

Trop 50- Tropicana 50% less sugar OJ

OK buy this today...on sale for the usual rip-off of 2 for $7.00......didn't realize till i get home that honey they shrunk the container from the standard 64 ounce to 59 reduce the container...reduce the sugar hmmmmmmmm

and what is that Stevia plant that the sweetness comes from? I'll wait till AM to open it...what are your thoughts on this OJ?

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  1. I don't plan on buying it. In Tropicana's own words, it's a "An orange juice beverage with vitamins."

    They've done more than reduce the size of the container to remove natural sugars from the natural O.J., leaving an adulterated product to which they are adding back Vitamins, and Stevia. Stevia is a Latin American herb; more on Stevia here:

    I'll stick with the real deal.

    1. It sounds like a ripoff to me. It's basically watered-down orange juice with artificial sweetener added. You can dilute it yourself, and add sweetener to your taste.

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      1. re: Kajikit

        Stevia is not artificial - it's not sugar like cane sugar, but it's a naturally growing plant.

        1. re: Kajikit

          and another problem is, that the entire package is deceptive! We are supposed to think it's Orange juice through a big glass of something looking like orange juice and a huge photo of a sliced orange. HUGE. And very very little on the back it says 42% juice.
          How can that even be legal?
          And I agree with you, just buy REAL orange juice, dilute it down with water and save yourself some fruit sugar if you have to. But this stuff is just really bad and tastes disgusting.

        2. I don't understand why real juice needs any sweetener at all. Seems very odd to me. Anyone have an explanation?

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          1. re: sfumato

            They're adulterating their regular orange juice to remove calories -- advertising 50% less sugar content. Don't know precisely what they're doing, and they're not likely to say, it being proprietary information/process.

            Anyway you slice it, they've removed natural sugar from the fruit juice to create, not "real juice" but a juice beverage, and feel compelled to add back an artificial (yet supposedly natural) sweetener; in this case, Stevia.

            1. re: mcsheridan

              As a diabetic, I welcome these products. I used to love a glass of juice in the morning - orange, apple, blends - it didn't matter. Once I found out I was diabetic, I had to give it up. An 8 oz glass of juice has almost as much sugar as a can of regular Coke.

              The President's Choice "Blue Menu" line features two products I really enjoy - their Apple and Tropical Orange "cocktails" (by law, they can't be called "juice"). The apple flavour offers a crisp, clean drink, while the Tropical Orange is a blend of orange, mango, pineapple, and passionfruit juices. Both have about 9 g of sugar per cup. That's a still a lot of sugar for me, but if I'm careful about everything else, I can handle it.

              Is it real juice? No. Does it taste like fresh-squeezed? No. Does it taste better than Crystal Light or other mixes? Yes. Is it a welcome addition to my breakfast? Absolutely.

              It's not a case of "adulterating" their product; it's a case of altering it to produce a beverage that can be enjoyed by the approximately 10% of Americans and Canadians who suffer from some form of diabetes. If you don't like it, don't drink it. I, for one, am glad there are finally some choices for people like me.

              1. re: KevinB

                As other people have pointed out, it's just OJ with water added and flavorings added so it won't taste watery. You can do the same thing at home for half the price by watering down your OJ and adding a pinch of Tang.

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  And your evidence for this is? Perhaps they have found a process which removes sugars, and they've added other ingredients to restore some flavour. Unless you've got a press release or know someone at Tropicana, this just sounds like opinion.

                  1. re: KevinB

                    Will the ingredient label do?

                    Ingredients: Filtered water, not-from-concentrate pasteurized orange juice (in other words, the water was *not* used to reconstitute concentrated orange juice), malic acid, citric acid, natural flavors and vitamin A. The other vitamins and minerals are listed separately.

                    So it's half as much sugar because it's half as much orange juice (I'll give them the benefit of the doubt that it's as much as half orange juice, although from the listing of ingredients on the label, it might not be). Plus, it's "pulp free" so it doesn't have any fiber, either (dietary fiber: 0, according to the label).

                    1. re: Ruth Lafler

                      "Plus, it's "pulp free" so it doesn't have any fiber, either (dietary fiber: 0, according to the label)."

                      Fiber is listed as 0g on the 'lots of pulp' version of the regular Tropicana OJ too.

                      1. re: Sooeygun

                        And what I meant to say was that the 'lots of pulp' lists fiber as 0g which means it has less than 0.5g.

                  2. re: Ruth Lafler

                    were can you find Tang these days?


            2. I bought some oj yesterday and realized it was this Trop50. It tastes disgusting. I'd rather have orange drink than Trop50.

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              1. re: yttri

                My roommate had it. It does taste like an orange drink, not juice

                1. re: yttri

                  It doesn't taste very good -- like a typical artificially sweetened drink with an unpleasant aftertaste. I was going to complain to Tropicana, but after seeing KevinB's post, I realize the stuff isn't all bad, and it's definitely a better alternative than a completely artificial drink mix for those who avoid sugar. We should all just do the healthy thing and drink tap water! Though I don't really like tap water all that much...

                  1. re: yttri

                    Tang, anyone? Although Tang would be an improvement!

                  2. Thanks for posting about this. I had a carton in my hand yesterday, but thought better about it and put it back on the shelf. Now, I'm really glad I did.
                    No thank you!!