Dr Oz: Baking Soda Lemon Juice Test & How to Avoid Fake Lemon Juice

By on February 11, 2013

Dr Oz: Are you Buying 100% Lemon Juice?

Today’s Dr. Oz show is dedicated to warning you about the counterfeit foods that you are buying without even realizing it! Doctor Oz is angry and appalled that fish you purchase is often being swapped out for cheaper species, especially at your favorite sushi restaurant. He is also upset that his favorite heart-healthy ingredient is often not what it seems. Find out his test to see if your olive oil is really extra virgin or it if it is something else altogether.

Dr Oz: Fake Lemon Juice

Dr. Oz’s next counterfeit food is that one that many of us use every day, which is lemon juice. Shaun Kennedy shared the revealing facts about lemon juice that include they are not always 100% lemon juice as the labels often promise, with ingredients like water and/or sugar being added without you knowing. Of all things, Dr. Oz wonders why we lemon juice is a common counterfeit food, but as he has said before Shaun Kennedy told Dr. Oz it comes down to money. He said juice is a common item where companies can save a lot of money by adding other ingredients, like water, which happens most often because consumers cannot tell the difference.

Dr Oz: Baking Soda Lemon Juice Test

Dr Oz: Baking Soda Lemon Juice Test & How to Avoid Fake Lemon Juice

Dr Oz says the best way to be sure you are getting 100% lemon juice is by squeezing it fresh from real lemons!

Dr. Oz explained when you combine lemon juice and baking soda you get a chemical reaction which causes bubbling to occur. If you do not have 100% lemon juice, this reaction will not occur.

  1. Add baking soda to a large glass of water, allowing some of the baking soda to settle at the bottom
  2. Pour your lemon juice into the baking soda and water mixture
  3. No reaction=Watered down lemon juice
  4. Reaction with bubbles and foam causing mixture to overflow=100% Lemon Juice

Dr Oz: Avoid Fake Lemon Juice

Dr. Oz is angry that we are all being duped by fake foods, but he says we have to police our foods and speak up if we get something that is not what it is supposed to be because the rules are not always good or they simply are not being enforced. He has a few tips to avoid getting fake lemon juice:

  • Use real lemons
  • Fresh squeezed lemon juice can last in the freezer for months.
  • Use an ice cube tray to freeze extra lemon juice for perfect sized measuring.

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