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Taste test: pink grapefruit juice

Glass of grapefruit juice.

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Glass of grapefruit juice.

Grapefruit juice has been touted as a vitamin C booster, a stress reducer and an appetite suppressor. Any of those potential benefits makes the drink a perfect choice for starting the new year on a healthy note. Our judges compared eight brands of pink grapefruit juice to find their favorites based on taste.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

Product/Score

(out of 100)
Indian River Select 89Publix Premium 74Simply 57
Judges'

comments
Vibrant ruby color and freshness were the qualities that put this brand of grapefruit juice on the top of the list. It also had the perfect balance of tartness to sweet flavor. "It's delicious," said one judge. "It's fresh and aromatic with a great finish." Another said, "It tastes like it was freshly squeezed off the tree." One judge liked the bits of pulp in the juice, saying it made for a more authentic drink. "The tartness wakes your mouth up," she said.The Premium version of the store brand was definitely worth the extra price, according to our panelists. Tasters said the juice was fresh and refreshing. "This could have come straight out of the fruit," said one judge. "It's not too tart and I like the hint of sweetness." Another said he picked this brand for its "classic ruby red notes." He said, "It's a little woody and leafy with a tart aftertaste."Simply's pink grapefruit juice wasn't as bold as some of the other options, but judges appreciated the subtle tartness and the lightness of the drink. "It's tangy, light, a little sweet and has a vibrant color," said one panelist. Another said, "It's transparent with a 'blossomy' flavor."
Would

they buy?
All four judges said yes.All four judges said yes.Two of the four judges said yes.
Shopping information$4.49 for a 59-ounce carton from Winn-Dixie.$3.29 for a 59-ounce carton.$2.99 for a 59-ounce carton from Publix.


Also Sampled: Florida's Natural ($3.99 for a 59-ounce carton from Winn-Dixie, 56 points); Trader Joe's ($3.69 for a 64-ounce carton, 44 points); Publix ($1.50 for a 64-ounce carton, 28 points); Tropicana ($3.99 for a 59-ounce container from Publix, 13 points); and Natalie's ($5.59 for a 64-ounce container from Publix, 15 points).

Panelists: Nan Jensen, registered dietitian; Jeff Jensen, public information officer for the city of Treasure Island; Kay Hodnett, personal chef; and Wayne Conery, retired restaurant manager. All drinks were tasted blind.

Send suggestions for product testing to: Taste section, Tampa Bay Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731 or email them to mstark@tampabay.com. Please put TEST SUGGESTION in the subject line. To read past Taster's Choice columns, go to

tampabay.com/things-to-do/food/tastetest.

Serving size8 ounces8 ounces8 ounces
Calories9010090
Fat/Fiber0g / 0g0g / 0g0g / 0g
Sugars/Sodium23g / 0mg20g / 0mg25g / 0mg
Carbs/Protein24g / 1g22g / 1g25g / 1g

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