Are you over-dosing on orange juice (OJ) every morning nowadays? We’ve all heard oranges are a great source of Vitamin C; they’re immunity-boosting and good for the skin. But are you aware of the side-effects the drink can have if not consumed in moderation?
All That Glitters is Not Gold
Orange juice is widely believed to be a healthier alternative to sugary beverages like soda. It’s because it is made from fruit—but the two are not too different in their sugar. While the sugar in 100% fruit juices is naturally occurring, the way your body processes and reacts to this sugar is the same as it does to artificial.
In simpler words, your orange juice has just as much sugar and calories as a soda drink!
1. You Can Gain Weight
Like most things we consume today, orange juice contains calories. Almost all of these come from the amount of sugar it has. Thus, without any digestion-slowing nutrients like fiber, healthy fats, or protein, orange juice causes a spike and crash in your blood sugar.
This can result in weight gain in the same way that soda does, according to a study.
2. Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Results from a 2013 BMJ study with over 180,000 participants, which was conducted over 24 years, has something to say about this. It was found that drinking a serving of fruit juice daily was associated with a 21% increased risk of developing diabetes.
On the other hand, a greater whole-fruit consumption was substantially associated with a 23% lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
3. Damaged Teeth
If you’re conscious about your smile, beware of drinking orange juice every day. Drinking too much orange juice can damage your pearly whites, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). This is because citrus fruits, such as oranges and lemons, are highly acidic and can erode the teeth enamel.
Moreover, if you have mouth sores, avoid acidic foods and beverages because they can worsen your symptoms.
4. Other Health Issues
Since orange juice is also rich in fructose and is acidic, excessive consumption can be harmful to the body in multiple ways. Excess fiber consumption can lead to digestive problems causing abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Drinking OJ daily can also result in heartburns because of its acidic nature.
To conclude, drink OJ for sure but make sure you’re drinking it in moderation.
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