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Orange Juice - Not as Healthy as you Think

Many people start their (and/or their kid's) day with a tall glass of orange juice. "A great source of Vitamin C," is a common refrain heard by the masses. But, there's a dirty little secret that Tropicana, Minute Maid, and other orange juice purveyors hope drinkers continue to ignore...

Orange juice is loaded, and I mean LOADED, with sugar. One serving of OJ (an 8-ounce glass) contains 22 grams of sugar. By comparison, 8-ounces of Dr. Pepper (pick your pop) contains 27grams of sugar. Pretty close right? Would you ever let your kid suck down a soda at breakfast? Would soda ever make your healthy drink list? In terms of sugar, Orange Juice and soda must be looked at as one and the same.

"But how can that be -- oranges are a very healthy fruit, i thought?" That's correct, oranges are very good for you and your kids. Eating one at breakfast (or at some point during the day) is a smart and healthy choice. However, an average orange yields 2 ounces of actual juice. So, when you drink an 8-ounce glass of OJ, it's comparable to eating 4 oranges!!! Can you ever imagine yourself eating 4 oranges in one sitting? No way! Worse, many restaurants serve OJ in a 10-12 ounce glass!

Recent studies have confirmed that drinking one glass of OJ a day raises diabetes risk by 20% (thanks to all of the sugar).

What to do?

1) Eat the real thing - drinking juice strips away the all-important fiber contained in pieces of fruit.

2) Drink a very small portion - if you don't have the time to peel an orange, drink only 2-3 ounces of juice (shot glass). This amount contains an equivalent proportion of natural sugar found in an orange.

3) Don't give your kids juice - I cringe when seeing toddlers sucking on a bottle full of orange, apple or other juice. Moms and Dads may as well be filling it up with Mountain Dew. Give your kids the real thing and let them drink water and/or milk.

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What is the point of

What is the point of justifying the consumption of OJ with the fact that it has trace nutrients in it or that it has no added sugar? Drinking one soda a day increases your risk of diabetes by 18%. In other words, OJ is effectively equivalent to drinking soda.

Imagine a liquid detergent you use to wash clothes that contains trace nutrients but also increases your risk for a disease by 20% when consumed. Wouldn't it be crazy to drink it on the assumption it still contains some nutrients or is made differently than arsenic?

I'm not suggesting that you don't drink OJ. My point is to be honest about what you do without ignoring the facts. For example, I eat meat. When people ask me why, I say "because I'm an a**hole who likes the taste of it." But I also say that if scientist ever grow animal tissue in a laboratory that doesn't involve animals suffering in cages and being slaughtered, I'll eat that instead.

Likewise, "I drink OJ because it tastes good, I don't have time to peel an orange, I know it's no different than drinking soda, and I'm aware that I might get diabetes later in life" is the intellectually honest thing to say. This is hard to say when the glass of OJ isn't just for you, but for your kid too. But you should say it nonetheless-- the same way we tell our kids that smoking is bad for you even though tobacco is naturally derived.

I'm not sure I would drink

I'm not sure I would drink milk either every cow has mastitis, which is an infection in the gland and puts pus in your milk..
Drink homemade almond milk way better for you...

I get simply orange or the

I get simply orange or the trop50 juice. An 8 oz glass has only 10 grams of sugar, 100 calories and no fat. If there is fat in oj it was added with something else, perhaps a preservative.

There are many different brands, and even within those brands there are different ones. The one I get has a lot of everything in it. Unfortunately most of it is added after the purification process but still, it has more vitamins than most juices or really any other drink. Always check sugar content. Some juices are much lower than others, especially like the v8 fusion juices... Others are just sugar water... Like v8 splash. Sometimes the price is key. If it's 2 dollars for half a gallon it's probably garbage.

As a matter of fact, two

As a matter of fact, two Arizona sweet orange trees are growing in the backyard. They produce a glorious bumper crop of fruit ever year. And yes, in late winter and through the spring, from January through April, I do eat four or five oranges every morning. Oddly, I don't put on weight when I do that.

If oranges were so bad for you, I'd get fatter and fatter with each harvest.

Possibly being full of beans is what's fattening?

Let's take everything with a

Let's take everything with a grain of salt here. I've been drinking OJ my entire life. I grew up on it and I like it. In an effort to be more health conscious I have cut back on my serving size and sometimes cut it with seltzer water to make a refreshing low sugar low cal beverage. I don't drink soda and I drink a lot of water but sometimes I want something more than that. So depicting OJ as something terrible is just silly. Americans just need to practice healthier eating habits overall. And pushing too much milk on kids isn't all good either. #1 it's very filling and #2 it can add 200 to 300 extra calories per day if you drink two 8oz servings of it. I say let your kids have a glass of OJ and hey let them have the bowl of Fruit Loops too. Just send them out in the yard to play and burn it off instead of letting them veg out in front of the tv all day.

Non-fat milk trumps OJ every

Non-fat milk trumps OJ every day of the week. And the non-dairy calcium fortified versions also offer better nutrition. Want the Vitamins of OJ? Take a vitamin. Eat the whole orange for a much better nutrition kick. Here is the post for Milk and the non-dairy options:

http://athleticmindedtraveler.com/blog/milk-it-does-a-body-good-but-whic...

Facts 8oz OJ vs 8oz NON-fat milk
OJ 112 calories vs 90 for milk
OJ: 21g sugar vs milk's 11g
OJ 1.7g protein vs milk's 9g

And milk has Vitamin D and calcium. Yes, OJ has vitamin C but that is EASY to come by.

Juice is considered to be

Juice is considered to be good for health. But juice that are available in market contains heavy amount of sugar. So people who are taking juice for loosing weight must read the label before consuming. I think eating fruits is a better idea than juice. Otherwise you can prepare juice at home without sugar.

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