After researching how this experiment was supposed to go I got right to work. I started by making the indicator solution. After each individual orange juice was tested the indicator solution had to be re-made to get each orange juices correct result. Once that was complete I began testing the orange juices, first was the fresh squeezed. The fresh squeezed was not only the messiest but also was the clearest indicating that it had a high vitamin C count. Next was tropicana with pulp it was half and half blue and clear indicating that it had vitamin C but it was not as strong as fresh squeezed. Third was tropicana with pulp it was bluer than tropicana without pulp showing that it had similar vitamin C content as tropicana without pulp. Finally I tested sunny d this had the least vitamin C than any of the other drinks it was very blue.
During my time of only drinking orange juice I learned a lot. For one I learned the importance of drinking water. While drinking orange juice isn't terrible for you the cons of the drink out way the pros. One con of this delicious drink is that it is filled to the brim with sugar. Sugar isn't always bad for you but in an article written by David Perlmutter Md it states, "This likely translates to unwanted weight gain, and as we've just learned from a study published last week, sugar consumption worsens blood pressure and cardiovascular risk markers, even in the absence of weight gain. Research also found that while fresh squeezed orange juice may contain more vitamins for you, it is just as bad a processed orange juice. I also realized that the sporadic mood swings contributed to the sugar as well. Immediately after drinking I felt happy and wide awake, whereas I felt lazy and sad a couple minutes after the "sugar high" had worn off.
After testing all of the orange juices I realized that the more processed a drink was the more vitamin C content diminished exponentially. Also after drinking each orange juice one week at a time, I concluded that all the juices except fresh squeezed made me feel tired and worn out, the fresh squeezed did as well but it wasn't as bad. After working with these orange juices I found that the best kind of orange juice for your body, homemade, is not only the most time consuming as one needs to squeeze the fruit it is also is the most expensive. Keeping in mind that the only good thing about it its vitamin content. Whereas the orange juice that was the most processed, Sunny D - Tropicana Pulp - Tropicana no Pulp, and least expensive isn’t terrible to consume but provides little nutritional value. Overall, this project took a month and made me realize a lot about how the food industry tampers with what orange juice we consume.
Color - feeling after consuming
It taste very good but being on my 3rd week of just orange juice I was a little tired of the similar taste. Half way into the week I started feeling very tired as soon as I would drink the Sunny D I would feel very energized but shortly after I lost all of the energy.
This is the orange juice i started out with .. tbh it was really fun at first squeezing the orange juice out of the oranges but after a little while it became more a choir and I stopped drinking orange juice for the last 3 days of the week. It made my body feel happy and energized. By far it was the healthiest and my body could tell.
A mixture of half and half
Both Tropicana pulp and no pulp had similar effects as the Sunny D. They made me feel tired and lazy. The sugar in it also made me gain weight which was not appreciated. ↴
Tropicana Without pulp
A mixture of half and half as well
(refer to the one above)
In the end my hypothesis was correct. Homemade orange juice did have more vitamin C compared to the other orange juices. It was not only the clearest but made me feel the best while drinking it. One problem I had while performing this experiment was that there is no way to get exact results. The indicator solution keys you in on a relative amount of vitamin C but can not tell you an exact count of how much vitamin C is in the orange juice being tested. Another problem I had was that the ingredients and the amounts used were sort of a guessing game. The websites I used for information on how to perform this experiment rarely gave me exact measurement and so I had to try multiple times to find the right measurements in order to get the indicator solution to work in order to get the correct results. I think if I had used different juices and more of a variation amongst the orange juice then the results would seem more accurate. Overall this experiment has enlightened me in regards to the importance of vitamin C and where to look for it.