Why Americans Are Ditching Orange Juice

A refreshing glass of orange juice offers a major Vitamin C boost. Other vitamins such as Vitamin A, B and potassium are also delivered. The calories offered may not necessarily ruin your daily calorie goal, but this juice is not low on calories at all.

Whether squeezing fresh Orange juice or going for a frozen option that needs diluting, there is roughly 112 calories that are sure to be obtained. Ninety two to ninety five percent of orange juice calories are from carbohydrates. Proteins make up for the remaining percentage.

Vitamin C in regards to Colds and Flus

According to reports, it has been a common belief for many that vitamin C helps prevent colds and flus. This is said to be mostly so for families that believe in healthy eating and alternative medicines in general. It is however not entirely true. Vitamin C does not reduce the chances of anyone getting a flu or cold, or pretty much determine how bad it would be.

Vitamin C will however be of major help in those people whose nutritional and dietary intake is not very effective. For any other healthy individual, according to research, Vitamin C intake is likely to have no no noticeable effect.

Americans ditching orange juice

The consumption of Orange juice has significantly gone down in the recent years. This is after a long time belief that it has a high nutritional value, and therefore made a part of many Americans lives.

Researchers say the belief that Orange juice is healthy simply because it is natural, is slowly fading. Sugars do not react the same in people’s bodies. Fruits contain fructose, which was previously not being consumed a lot due to fruits being seasonal. However, there is now corn syrup that is high in fructose, and is easily available. Crackers, Candies and soft drinks, are all rich in fructose.

When fructose is consumed in moderate portions, it is fine. This does not however go for two glasses of the ordinary orange juice, some crackers, a soda that’s high on corn syrup, or even bread. Consuming high levels of fructose has been said to alter fat levels and change the body’s cholesterol, and other changes that accompany high energy absorption. Cardiovascular issues, metabolic disorder and abnormal weight gain are just but a few of those changes.

When trying to lose or maintain weight, ditch packaged juices

When on a weight loss mission, it is advisable to avoid all sorts of fruit juices, and to also minimize on fruit consumption

1) Too much fruit juice intake equals high liquid carbohydrate consumption – in most people, a little carbohydrate intake control means a significant weight loss. Fruits are rich in carbohydrates. And fruit juice shows an even quicker and more measurable effect to gaining fat than what fruits would do. Liquid carbs e.g. beer have a more fattening effect than the solid ones. It is also more nutritious to eat fresh foods. Therefore, eating whole fruits is better than any juice intake.

2) Too much fruit juice intake equals too much fructose consumption – Many fruit juices have additional sugar, including corn syrup that is high in fructose. As highlighted above, weight gain almost always accompanies high fructose intake.

Even when juicing for weight loss or health, you will find that is often advised that you juice 80% vegetables and 20% fruits. The reason for this is the same covered above. Go easy on fruits when you’re juicing for best results.

Nonye S.

Nonye is a mum of 6 who is passionate about fitness after loosing a lot of weight due to a change in lifestyle. She started Nonye's Healthy Living blog to share her health, fitness and weight loss journey with those who face weight and fitness struggles like she did. Join her on her amazing journey to good food and good health.

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