Many people see orange juice as the healthy beverage of choice to accompany their scrambled eggs in the morning.
But today, I’m going to tell you why its perceived healthiness is a load of BS.
In fact, being seen as healthy is one of the most dangerous aspects of OJ.
Let me explain why…
By thinking OJ is healthy, people will drink lots and lots of the stuff with the aim of getting healthier. But the truth is they’re drinking something that isn’t healthy.
I’m not saying a glass of OJ every now and then will kill you, but drinking it every day can become problematic for many.
And this article will tell you why.
So, without further ado, let’s see why Orange Juice is generally bad for you.
4 Reasons Why Orange Juice is Bad For You
1. Orange Juice is full of sugar
Each 12-ounce glass of OJ contains around 35g of sugar.
(Or an astronomical 8 teaspoons of sugar!)
As you may be aware, sugar is terrible for your health for many reasons:
High Sugar consumption may increase risk of Heart Disease
Sugar leads to increased levels of AGEs (Advanced glycation end-products).
When your immune cells are exposed to AGEs, they become dysfunctional and contribute to plaque formation in your arteries.
This plaque weakens your arteries which can lead to a rupture and possibly even a heart attack.
In fact, this has been shown in studies, where those who consumed 17-21% of calories from added sugar had a whopping 38% greater risk of dying from heart disease!
(Compared to those consuming 8% of calories from added sugar.)
High Sugar consumption increases your risk of Type 2 Diabetes
When you consume high amounts of sugar, Insulin is released which instructs your body to store excess energy from the sugar in your fat cells.
Over time, your fat cells become so saturated that there’s literally no where to store this excess energy, so it stays in your blood leading to high blood sugar levels, which are toxic.
This is essentially what Type 2 Diabetes is.
High Sugar consumption may increase your risk of Depression
High sugar intake leads to blood sugar swings and inflammation, which are both detrimental to your mental health. (Source)
A study showed that those who consumed over 67g of sugar per day were 23% more likely to develop depression than those who consumed under 40g per day.
So, with a 9-ounce glass of Orange juice containing 35g of sugar, it’s very easy to exceed 40g per day!
2. Orange Juice contains no Fiber
One of the main reasons why fruit and vegetables are so healthy is that they’re generally high in fiber.
Fiber offers a lot of health benefits, including:
- Helps maintain bowel health
- Lowering of Cholesterol levels
- Normalizing bowel movements
- Better control of Blood sugar levels
However, Orange Juice contains pretty much no Fiber.
So, at best, you’re only getting half of the goodness of eating an Orange (which contains fiber), and at worst, you’re getting a glass of sugar with a little bit of Vitamin C.
3. Orange Juice can lead to weight gain
Thanks to the 8 teaspoons of sugar and no fiber, OJ causes your blood sugar levels to spike rapidly.
Since high blood sugar levels are extremely dangerous, your body releases insulin which lowers them.
(Insulin also stops lipolysis, the technical term for fat burning…)
So, a few hours later, your blood sugar has crashed again, making you hungrier.
This hunger, combined with an energy crash, makes you much more likely to binge on sugary food and give in to your cravings, resulting in weight gain.
Also, since OJ has no fiber, it doesn’t make you feel full.
This can lead to weight gain in multiple ways:
- It makes it super easy to overdrink, meaning you’ll consume more calories.
- It means you’ll have to eat something alongside it to feel full, which also adds to your calorie intake
4. Orange Juice is terrible for teeth
The high amount of sugar in OJ is fermented by bad bacteria in your mouth, which creates acid that can destroy your tooth enamel.
Over time, this may form cavities, which can progress past the enamel and into the deeper layers of the tooth, causing pain and possibly even tooth loss.
But the high sugar content in OJ is only one part of the problem…
Orange Juice is acidic in itself.
To see just how damaging this natural acid in OJ is to your teeth, a study was performed comparing teeth whitening and OJ on enamel.
The results showed that the when exposed to orange juice, surface enamel hardness decreased by a whopping 84%!
(There were no significant changes in surface enamel hardness when exposed to teeth whitening.)
So, not only are your teeth being attacked by sugar, but they’re also being eroded by the natural acid in OJ.
Best Alternatives to Orange Juice
Okay, so now that we’ve covered why orange juice isn’t the innocent, healthy drink it’s made out to be, let’s look at healthier alternatives.
1. Coffee (in the morning)
Nothing beats the first sip of a warm mug of coffee in the morning.
Not only does it taste great, but it’s really good for you too.
Unlike OJ which contains calories and makes you feel hungry, coffee is pretty much zero calorie and is great at curbing your appetite.
Better yet, the caffeine in coffee helps your body utilize fat for energy, making it an excellent beverage for fat loss. (Source)
Something to be wary of though is that caffeine can interfere with sleep, so I wouldn’t recommend you consume coffee after 2pm.
2. Lavender tea (in the evening)
Lavender tea is another healthy, zero-calorie drink that’s an excellent option to have in the evening.
Since it’s caffeine-free, it won’t harm your sleep and studies have shown that it may even increase the percentage of deep, slow-wave sleep!
Talk about a win-win.
By now, you hopefully realise that you’ve been conned into believing orange juice is healthy all along.
It’s full of sugar, void of fiber and literally erodes your teeth away.
If you really, really enjoy the taste of OJ, then a glass every now and then won’t kill you.
But having it alongside breakfast every day should definitely be off the menu.
That’s all for today folks, see you in the next one.
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