Have you ever considered, why does the commercial variety of this popular breakfast beverage, even the premium, not-from-concentrate, "100-percent pure" juice kind, tastes the same each time you buy it, but doesn't taste exactly like a freshly peeled orange?
One of the great scams of the industrial food cartel is the so-called "fresh" juice sold in supermarkets.
Let's do some reality checks shall we:
1. There is more vitamin-c in a single orange than in a full glass of industrial O.J.
2. Truly fresh O.J. only lasts a few days.
It if last for weeks (or months), it's an industrial product.
3. Until the Florida orange growers launched a campaign in the early 20th century to deal with their surplus crop, the only people who drank O.J. were Floridians who had a tree in their backyard.
There is nothing particularly healthy or natural about drinking this kind of fruit juice and the industrial product is a total waste of money.
It may come as a surprise that your carton of 100% pure, "not from concentrate" O.J. is nowhere near similar to sticking a straw in an orange and taking a sip.
Many popular store brands have to be chemically altered using ethyl butyrate, a compound that’s added to perfume as well as O.J., in order to make it taste and smell like oranges!
Further, many commercial juices are contaminated with mold from damaged fruit that they process.
So, if you drink commercial O.J. regularly, you'll be exposed to these mold toxins.
You know you're buying a heavily processed juice if the “Best Before” date is 30 or more days in the future.
Real fresh-squeezed juice will only last for a few days.
So if you simply must have O.J., squeezing your own at home would be about the only way to get the real thing.
But drinking this fruit juice, whether fresh-squeezed or not, is not as healthy as it sounds.
Why Orange Juice is Not Healthy
Many people start their day off with a glass of O.J., typically thinking the vitamin-C and other nutrients it contains are a smart and healthy choice.
But a glass of juice, whether fresh-squeezed or not, has about eight full tsp. of sugar per eight-ounce glass!
This is nearly as much sugar as is in a can of soda (one can typically has 10 tsp. of sugar).
When the sugar is combined in its natural form in the whole fruit, it causes far less of a problem as the fiber tends to slow its absorption and prevents over consumption.
But process the fruit sugar out of the fruit and remove the fiber and you have an entirely different setup.
The sugar in orange juice is typically a fruit sugar called fructose, which many mistakenly believe is a “healthy” form of sugar.
But fructose is every bit as dangerous as regular table sugar since it will also cause a major increase in your insulin levels.
Fructose Will Spike Your Insulin Levels Upward
You should certainly be aware of the dangers of high fructose corn syrup, please understand that simple fruit sugar extracted from fruit has virtually identical side effects and negative effects on your biochemistry.
The starch-derived (corn) fructose used to sweeten soft drinks and all kinds of processed foods is refined, man-made and metabolically different than the natural kind already in fruit.
That's why your body converts the starch-derived fructose in processed foods to brown adipose tissue and trigylcerides that contribute to diabetes, hypoglycemia, obesity and cardiovascular disease.
On the other hand, fruit fructose, along with all the nutrients, vitamins, minerals, water, other mono-di and olgio-saccharides and fiber found in fruit, are converted to blood glucose.
This doesn't mean it's “healthy” however, because it will cause a major spike in your insulin levels.
This is important because elevated insulin levels are one of the primary drivers for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and weight gain.
This may be why drinking fruit juice has been linked to an increased risk of diabetes, while fructose itself has been shown to increase your triglyceride levels.
In one previous study, eating fructose raised triglyceride levels by 32 percent in men.
Triglycerides, the chemical form of fat found in foods and in your body, are not something you want in excess amounts.
Forty years worth of research has confirmed that elevated blood levels of triglycerides, known as hyper-triglyceridemia, puts you at an increased risk of heart disease.
Whole Fruit is a Better Choice than Orange Juice
If you love orange juice, a healthier choice would be to eat a fresh orange rather than drink the juice.
If you're overweight, have diabetes or high blood pressure, however, you are best off avoiding fruits or limiting them to a small handful of berries a day.
If you're currently healthy, a small amount of fruit should not be a problem as long as you follow the guidelines of your nutritional type.
What to Do if You’re Hooked on Your Daily O.J.
Is a glass of orange juice part of your daily routine?
Here's a practical tip for weaning yourself off it, or at least keeping your consumption to a minimum:
Dilute the juice with water or sparkling water.
You can start slowly by diluting it slightly and then keep increasing the water content over time.
This tip works great for kids, too, and you’ll be doing them a favor by having them fill up on healthy fresh fruits and vegetables instead of on a glass of fruit juice.Tweet
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