Dr Oz: Avoiding Fake Lemon Juice & Baking Soda Lemon Juice Purity Test


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Food fraud happens at the grocery store every single day and you could have fallen victim. Dr. Oz already went over how fish fraud happens quite often when it comes to sushi and the extra virgin olive oil you bought from the store the other day probably isn’t the real. Dr. Oz had a test to find out if your extra virgin olive oil is the real thing though.

Dr Oz: Lemon Juice Food Fraud

Dr Oz: Avoiding Fake Lemon Juice & Baking Soda Lemon Juice Purity Test

Dr. Oz gave his advice for avoiding fake lemon juice, his baking soda and lemon juice to test the purity of lemon juice and reasons for the food fraud.


The next food fraud many of us have probably be duped by is lemon juice. Shaun Kennedy, from the Director of the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, said lemon juice is not always 100 percent lemon juice, as the label often promises. Other ingredients, such as water or sugar is being added to the lemon juice.

Dr. Oz wondered why lemon juice is often a food involved in food fraud and Kennedy said it comes down to money, just as it did with the other food fraud. Companies can make more money when they water down the lemon juice and many times the consumer can not tell the difference.

Dr Oz: Baking Soda Lemon Juice Test

By combining lemon juice with baking soda, a chemical reaction which produces a bubbling occurs and it is the best way to find out if you have 100 percent lemon juice. If the reaction does not take place, you do not have pure lemon juice.

  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 and wait for the bubbling

Dr Oz: Avoid Fake Lemon Juice

Dr. Oz was really angry we are all being duped into buying food we don’t want. He said we need to speak up if we buy something that isn’t what the label specifies. He also had 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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