Orange Juice Alcohol
Date: June 2007
Is there alcohol in orange juice? Has anyone ever tested
exactly how much? Is there alcohol in other non-alcoholic foods or
drinks? If so, does anyone have a list?
There isn't alcohol in OJ. But all food has some bacteria in it, and even
in the refrigerator these bacteria will start acting on the sugar in the OJ
and using it for food. Most bacteria are fermenters. The process of
fermentation takes glucose (sugar) and through a multi-step process turns it
into carbon dioxide and alcohol. The OJ will taste "bubbly" or "carbonated"
and there will be alcohol present as well. There probably wouldn't be enough
alcohol to make one feel its effects though.
Refrigeration doesn't kill bacteria, it just slows its metabolism. If you were
to leave the OJ out on the counter for a day, this process would happen a lot
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