Orange juice with calcium tastes very very bad

Does anybody like the taste of orange juice with calcium? To me it tastes like chalk was added. It is very bad.

I’ve never noticed a difference in taste between regular and calcium added.

I’ve never tried it, but my dad can’t stand the stuff. I think he tried Minute Maid.

Neither have I. Perhaps you should add some vodka to it, Kel.

And people thought I was nuts! :eek: YES, orange juice with calcium added tastes NASTY. I can taste it. Its like orange juice with 100 ground-up asprins mixed in :mad:

I’ve always wondered why there seems to be such a HUGE taste disparity between different brands of orange juice (calcium notwithstanding). I also notice a difference between fresh-squeezed and concentrate, althought I wonder if this observation would stand up to a blind taste test.

I find that whether there’s a chalky taste or not depends on the brand.

I agree with the OP. And I believe that essentially it DOES have ground-up chalk in it. I’ve been told that this originally happened because some OJ producer had some oranges that were too acid, so they added a chalky antacid; rather than fessing up to what they’d done they thought up a marketing ploy. IMHO it does not taste as good as regular. Of course, I’m persnickety about my OJ, I think Florida’s Natural tastes better than Tropicana, and in both cases that’s the not-from-concentrate version.

I’m very picky about my orange juice…some brands are clearly inferior to others. However, the few times I’ve tried calcium-fortified OJ, I thought it was very smooth tasting and I enjoyed it. No chalky taste for me.

I can only stand not-from-concentrate OJ’s now, and I like the calcium-added ones just fine.

But drinkers should be aware (according to my nutrition teacher, anyway) that the Vitamin C in orange juice itself inhibits calcium absorption. If you drink regular OJ, you need to consume two servings of calcium to count as one serving. Fortified OJ just basically means that you’re net zero for calcium. It doesn’t “count” as a serving of calcium itself.

I think all citrus fruit tastes disgusting, but I’m just a mutant or something.


God yes, it’s nasty! I got it once cause I was poor and didn’t want to also buy milk. When I drank it, it tasted like the way OJ tastes after you brush your teeth. Thinknig it might be a fluke, I kept it and drank some at several different dates and times, and it was aslways ass-nasty.

We drink the calcium fortified Minute Maid OJ from concentrate and neither Mrs. Giraffe nor I can tell a difference from the regular concentrate.

I find that you have to shake it even more than normal orange juice. However, I love orange juice, so I’ll consume it any way except for the very pulpy kinds. If I wanted pulp, I’d just eat an orange, thank you.

Easily. Fresh-squeezed OJ and even bottled “100% Pure not from concentrate” OJ taste completely different to me and many people I know. It’s not even close. I used to hate orange juice. Never really grew fond of it until somebody gave me a glass of the freshly squeezed stuff. I can totally understand why people will pay a premium on it (and it’s not cheap in most restaurants). It actually tastes good. It’s got a fresh fruity flavor and lively acidity that every single store-bought brand I’ve had doesn’t.

Other than “my nutrition teacher” in IMHO? No, not really. Dr. Julie Wilson, D.C., CNC, CST. She sees patients for nutritional counseling in Chicago and the North and Western suburbs.

Dr. Sears says that Vitamin C aids in calcium absorption.

Discovery Health reports that “limited studies of calcium-fortified orange juice suggest that the absorption rate is about the same as milk.”

Here’s another small study indicating calcium-fortified juices are as effective as milk in absorption.

However, Loren Lipson, M.D., associate professor of medicine and chief of the division of geriatric medicine, says that orange juice does lack Vitamin D which also acts as an aid to calcium absorption. Maybe that’s what your nutrition teach meant.

However, an article at the Calcium Information Resource site notes that calcium-fortified cereals may contain phytate, which can interfere with calcium absorption. The article goes on to say that “high-fiber diets – although healthy – contribute to low calcium levels because the presence of a lot of fiber in the intestines reduces the absorption of many nutrients, including calcium.”

Every link I checked out (and many, many others) recommend calcium-fortified orange juice as an ideal source of calcium. It’s especially useful if you’re lactose intolerant and is a much better choice than soda, which actually is known to reduce calcium absorption levels.

WhyNot, you might want to ask your nutritionist about that.

Hmm…A quick search on the web claims that Vitamin C helps, not hinders, calcium absorption. Vitamin D seems to be the most important vitamin in regulating calcium absorption, but Vitamin C plays a supporting role.

A sample:

Site one

There’s plenty more out there. Take them with a grain of salt if you want, but I haven’t been able to find a single source that says Vitamin C inhibits calcium absorption.
Site 2

Aw, and Cinnamon Girl beats me to it with a far more comprehensive and authoritative litany of citations. Well done! :slight_smile: