No, doubt, your orange juice will contain some vitamins and a certain amount of protein, but it’s by no means the best way to get these nutrients. Rather, we should maintain a healthy, balanced diet that contains a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Orange juice is usually produced at the expense of most of the original fruit’s fiber too. Thus, eating an orange whole, with all the bits, is far better for you and will make you fuller. Your body actually processes juice and other sugary drink much faster than whole fruit, because of its lack of fiber, fats, and proteins.
Thus, the refreshing drink will only assuage your hunger for a minuscule amount of time, driving you to consume even more calories. In some people, this hunger can cause mood swings and low energy levels. Hands up who thought an innocent glass of OJ could do this.
Shockingly, a 12-ounce glass of orange juice contains the same number of carbs as a bag of M&Ms, which make no claim to improving your health. The aforementioned sweets have only 3g more of sugar than the juice. Here you can see the nutritional values of a typical glass of orange juice:
• 153 calories
• 34 g carbohydrates
• 27 g sugar
• 2.4 g protein
• 0.7 g fiber
Instead of gulping this drink every morning, you’d be much better off quenching your thirst with your first or second glass of water for the day. Then later on in the morning have a whole orange for a healthy snack.