The Orange Pulp Experiment: Sunkist, Tropicana Twister and Minute Maid

By | March 13, 2011


I love drinking fresh orange juice, even more when it’s pulpy. So a few days ago, I thought I’d do a little experiment and determine which orange juice drink in the market today has the most pulp in them.

I bought a liter bottle each of Sunkist Orange Juice Pulps, Tropicana Twister Juicy Pulp and Minute Maid Pulpy Orange and did The Orange Pulp Experiment.

You might be thinking, why do people drink orange juice with pulps? Well, according to a friend of mine, it’s because these pulps contain flavonoids – an antioxidant and anticarcinogen.

Anyway, enough of the scientific talk and on to the experiment. Below is a 4-minute video of how it went.

Here now are my personal observations…

Sunkist Orange Juice Drink by RFM Corporation under license from Sunkist Growers, Inc.

The pulps are nice, big and juicy. They’re either on top of the juice or mostly at the bottom. When you drink Sunkist, you’ll get some of the pulpy bits in your mouth and would be able to bite or nibble them.

Tropicana Twister Juicy Pulp by Pepsi Cola Products Philippines, Inc.

The pulps are tiny and almost too small for my strainer. They’re mostly suspended inside the bottle. You will feel the pulpy bits in your mouth when you drink Tropicana Twister but they’re too small to be able to nibble anything. They just go down smoothly with the juice.

Minute Maid Pulpy Orange by CocaCola Bottlers Philippines, Inc.

As you can see in the video, I got a little bit of trouble getting the pulps of Minute Maid because they retain so much of the juice. The pulps come as tiny shreds and suspends nicely in the orange juice after you shake it. And just like Tropicana Twister, the pulps go down smoothly when you drink the juice and you rarely get to nibble on any of the pulp.

In conclusion, it seems that Minute Maid has the “most pulp you can strain” among the three. Second place goes to Sunkist and last place goes to Tropicana Twister – a fact supported by the amount of orange juice I had after.

Now which of the three is the best pulpy orange juice? I’ll leave that for you to decide. πŸ˜›

This is NOT a sponsored post and is simply the result of boredom during a lazy afternoon. The orange juice bottles were selected at random in the grocery and was bought using my own money. Results may vary if you try to replicate this experiment in your own home.

13 thoughts on “The Orange Pulp Experiment: Sunkist, Tropicana Twister and Minute Maid

  1. Micamyx

    This is a good experiment, Kuya Fitz πŸ˜€ Sa Minute Maid pa rin ako hehe πŸ˜› I have to admit though na medyo nag-decrease quality nila compared to when they started releasing sa market 😐

  2. Hannah

    Good experiment πŸ™‚ it depends on how you like your pulp… but for me I like the taste of Tropicana Juice and tama lang yung pulp. coz too much pulp is well to omuch for me XD

    you should also include tang pulp next time XD

  3. Opinions Unsolicited

    I prefer minute maid since day 1. hehe..

    I remember Juday’s commercial with Tropicana where she showed that their pulps are full and un-juiced. Which made me think, where did they get their juice if they don’t juice the oranges?

  4. Angeli

    I love sunkist orange.. it has bigger pulp ang mas mura compare with the 2 orange drink! love it

  5. Selena

    I love Sunkist Orange too. πŸ™‚ Very refreshing and affordable pa versus Tropicana and Minute Maid. πŸ™‚

  6. koolmommy

    I came across your blog the other day, and I must say I liked your experiment. Napabili ako para sa mga anak ko. They all preferred sunkist orange! Nagulat ako since minute maid talaga binibili ko for their breakfast but when I tried it ok pala siya. Very orange ang taste…tama lang ang pulp. Kala ko mahal siya dahil sunkist, but it was one of the more affordable brands sa grocery. good job! πŸ™‚

  7. Mommy Grace

    thanks for the experiment. minute maid drinker ako talaga kasi gawa ng coke kaya assured ako. si tropicana okay din kasi gawa ng pepsi. si sunkist, alam ko imported brand sya kasa oka din. kaya lang nung nakita ko sa supermarket, 30 pesos lang eh yung iba 50 pesos. hindu kaya expired ito or baka reject na galing sa US?

  8. Fitz Post author

    Thanks everyone for the comments.

    @Mommy Grace – I don’t think it’s expired. Correct me if I’m wrong but I believe that while Sunkist is an imported brand, RFM Corporation is manufacturing the drink locally.

  9. healthydrinker

    I still prefer Tropicana Twister. Best taste among other orange juice drinks “:-) But this experiment is interesting

  10. Cadosomnium

    Nice article, though personally i feel that it’s more about the quality of the sacs/pulp rather than the amount.

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  12. Allen

    I’m currently drinking the sunkist one after trying out minute maid last week so I tried to research which was better and found your post. πŸ™‚
    I liked the taste of minute maid better.

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