Drinking OJ is a quick way to sabotage your health goals due to the amounts of sugar found in the juice. It also takes more than 1 orange to make up that glass, which means extra/added sugar. The average glass of Orange juice purchased from the grocery store contains 22-24 grams of sugar. Note, this does not account for those brands that have more added water or 0 calorie sweeteners to make them taste good. This is your standard Orange Juice with or without concentrate.
The difference is, if you just eat an orange, it's a lot less sugar, and you actually feel fuller (about 7 grams to be exact). Eating the fruit means your getting the most nutrients because you're getting the fiber which actually helps slow down how quickly the orange you ate is converted to sugar for energy consumption. Why is this important? To keep it short and sweet, lol - your liver has to decide what to do with the food/carbohydrates that you consume, and when you don't flood your body constantly with simple carbs, it decreases the likelihood that that sugar will be stored as fat. Your liver decides what to do with everything you eat and drink, and what's not used is stored in fat cells.
When you chew them, you get so many of the great health benefits:
- 1 orange = 130% daily value of vitamin C - antioxidant power
- Soluble fiber - which is great for managing cholesterol
- Limonoids - studies show help prevent cancer among a host of other great things
- Full of potassium - potassium helps regulate the heart
Overwhelmed with figuring out what's good for you and what's not? Maybe you want to shop in the regular stores and not the speciality stores you've been shopping in. Or simply maybe you still have those favorite pants you miss wearing. Schedule a complimentary online session with yours truly to find out how working with a Health Coach can benefit you.
Yours in Health,