Orange Vs. Orange Juice

The marketing folks would have you believe you will receive as much, if not more nutrition from the special clear looking juice they have on sale at the local grocery store. Let’s take a minute and review this idea.

Orange first! An apple has over 300 elements that help your body heal, grow and encourage good digestion and protection against many disease processes. Haven’t you heard: an orange a day keeps the doctor away! An orange has vitamin’s C, A, E, K, B6, thiamine, riboflavin, folate, pantothenic acid, choline, and minerals: calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, selenium, as well as, a load of omega 3 fatty acids. An orange even has 2 grams of protein per serving. 

Orange juice: first it is pasteurized to kill all the bad bugs. Have you ever heard of anyone receiving food poisoning when they juice their own fruits at home? I have yet to hear about this risk, but we must pasteurize for the masses. When we pasteurize most of the nutritional value of the juice has now been destroyed for good. Then the juice (that is not concentrate) are kept in aseptic storage, which involves stripping the juice of oxygen, and kept in million-gallon tanks for up to a year. They then add back in flavoring packets to make it like the public wants it, as well as adding vitamin C and calcium just to fool you into believing it is nutritious.

Which is best: THE ORANGE! Don’t be fooled and mis-led to spend so much money for nothing.

God Bless,

Dr. Benzinger