You gotta love these made up holidays marketers come up with to promote consumption of this or that product. Well, today is OJ day. We thought it would be a good opportunity to point out some inconvenient facts:
1. Orange juice contains as much sugar as a Coke. An 8 ounce cup has just under 6 teaspoons worth.
2. Although the sugar in orange juice is naturally occurring, by juicing an orange we lose the naturally occurring fiber as well as other nutrients. In many cases vitamin C is lost and needs to be added back to the juice.
3. You need to eat 2-3 oranges to get the same amount of sugar as in a one cup serving of orange juice.
4. The American Heart Association should read it’s own science about excess sugar and its contribution to disease before adding it’s health check certification to orange juice.
That said, we’d drink a glass of OJ any day over a carbonated soft drink. But please understand that even 100% fruit juice is nutritionally closer to a soft drink than to a real piece of fruit.
For more info, read Squeezed: What You Don’t Know About Orange Juice.
What to do at the supermarket:
BEST: Buy and eat oranges.
NEXT BEST: Buy and squeeze the oranges yourself for fresh juice with the highest nutrient count.
ELSE: Buy juice NOT FROM CONCENTRATE (ensures your OJ hasn’t been sitting in a giant cooled vat for 9 months)