Nopal Cactus (Prickly Pear) Juice Processing And Additives - The Real Truth Exposed
Liquid health drinks are pasteurized (traditional or flash) to prevent the liquid from deteriorating and becoming rancid when the Nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice bottle is opened and consumed, but not all methods are created equal!(1)
Flash pasteurization is the process of heating the Nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice for approximately 15–30 seconds and then immediately cooling it. By only briefly subjecting the Nopal cactus (prickly pear) to high temperatures, most -- but not all -- taste and color changes are avoided. Flash pasteurization is preferred to other methods because it kills most of the microbes and destroys only some of the beneficial phytonutrients found in Nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice.(2)
When Natural Home Cures conducted studies through an independent research lab in Calgary Alberta, between the Nopal juice and Nopal Powder Capsules, the following results were found:
Diabetics: Nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice has added refined sugars which can have an adverse reaction in those who have diabetes and taking diabetes medication. Diabetics should use extreme caution when consuming Nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice. Nopal powder capsules showed no adverse reactions to diabetics.
Nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice blocks the effects of the body's naturally produced histamines.(3) These are essential because they increase blood flow to injured or externally invaded parts of the body. Suppression of histamines can cause a major disruption in essential metabolic responses and, therefore, caution should be used when consuming Nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice.
Our Freeze Dried Nopal Powder Capsules (Prickly Pear) showed no adverse histamine reactions in our study.
In addition, to the problems noted above, greedy suppliers, brokers, and manufacturers frequently stretch small amounts of genuine Nopal cactus extract or Nopal powder (prickly pear) juice to literally make dozens or even hundreds of liters of finished Nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice drink: reaping substantial and often obscene profits. The taste of the Nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice you experience could well be due to other fruit juices, citric acid, sodium benzoate, and artificial flavors added during the manufacturing process of the Nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice.