Orange juice (especially concentrates) are often loaded with sweeteners and other chemicals. A glass of OJ is loaded with fructose that doesn't normally come with the fruit. Drinking it gives your body a sugar blast, spiking your sugar levels. It's no different than drinking soda. If you want to drink OJ, do freshly squeeze or just eat the fruit. Eating orange fruit itself is the way to go, because the fructose that comes with the fruit is gradually extracted as the digestive system ingests it. Giving the body more time to handle and process the sugar, so that there's no sugar spike.
(TIME) — Though juice was once a cornerstone of a balanced breakfast, its place at the table has been looking a bit precarious these days. But is a glass of OJ really a big deal?
Concerns over excess sugar and calories have led many parents to stop buying juice. But is a glass of OJ really that bad?
But is a glass of OJ really a big deal? While limiting sugar and calorie consumption is important, Dr. Wanda Abreu, a pediatrician at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, says the issue is more about what juice often replaces. Kids are “better off just eating the fruit itself,” she says.
Juice contains the same vitamins and natural sugars found in whole fruit but lacks the satiating fiber that aids healthy digestion and makes an apple or orange a satisfying snack, Abreu explains. As a result, juice is less filling and easier to overconsume than real fruit, and it delivers a hefty dose of sugar straight to the bloodstream–all of which can lead to weight gain. Plus, if young kids drink juice all day from a bottle or sippy cup, it coats their teeth in cavity-causing sugars, the AAP says.