Let’s take a trip down memory lane.
Think about the usual suspects for your typical breakfast back when you were a kid.
You’ve got your favourite breakfast cereal, maybe some eggs, bacon, and some toast, or a maybe even a combination of all four.
But there was always one thing that made a consistent appearance… We were always served a glass (or two) of orange juice and truth be told I never really questioned it.
I mean, it’s part of a complete breakfast, right? After all, you need your daily dose of vitamin C.
That was until I started doing a little digging and came across some pretty scary numbers.
If we look at its nutritional profile, orange juice isn’t much better than Coke, Gatorade, or any other sweetened drink that’s being marketed right now.
Yet pop and other drinks alike gets demonized (for fair reasons) and orange juice seems to get a fair pass.
Does it have vitamins and minerals? Sure! But there are far better ways to get your daily vitamins than drinking orange juice. A balanced diet of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and grains would be a good start.
Fun fact: Vegetables like broccoli, bell pepper, dark leafy greens, and tomatoes contain high amounts of Vitamin C if you’re looking for some alternatives when it comes to getting you daily dose of Vitamin C.
The problem with drinking orange juice or any other types of juice for that matter is that one key thing gets removed during the juice extraction process: fibre.
If you don’t know what fibre is, it’s one of the key factors when it comes to helping you feel full and satisfied until your next meal. In short, it prevents you from overeating.
If you take out fibre from the fruit itself, you’re left with sugar, water, and Vitamin C (yay!).
Let’s use this picture as an example to illustrate the problem with drinking juice.
This little guy right here apparently contains 5 oranges in each bottle.
WHO THE HELL EATS 5 ORANGES IN ONE SITTING???
All that is coming from a teeny-tiny bottle. The problem is that most single serving bottles of OJ are at least twice or three times that size.
The serving size is simply too much.
Here’s the nutritional profile for a 12-ounce glass of orange juice:
34 grams of carbohydrates
27 grams of sugar
2.4 grams of protein
0.7 grams of fibre
That’s the same amount of carbs and just three grams less sugar than a bag of M&Ms.
Yet we drink orange juice like it’s going out of style.
Here’s what to do: Instead of adding a glass of OJ to your next meal, opt for a plain old glass of water instead and save a REAL orange for your next snack.