Side Effects of Drinking Orange Juice

1. weight GAIN

Like most foods and drinks, orange juice contains calories—nearly all of which are from sugar. Without any satiating, digestion-slowing nutrients like fiber, healthy fats,

or protein, orange juice can cause a spike and crash in blood sugar, which may cause weight gain in the same way that soda does, according to a study.

2. increase your risk of type 2 diabetes

Results from a 2013 study of over 180,000 participants that was conducted over the course of 24 years found that drinking a serving of fruit

juice every day was associated with as much as a 21% increased risk of developing diabetes,whereas greater whole-fruit consumptionwas significantly associated with a 23% lower risk of type 2 diabetes

3. You'll be closer to reaching your daily recommendation for fruit

if you drink OJ regularly, you are helping yourself meet your daily recommended intake of 1 to 2 cups of fruit

4. You may protect your brain

In a 2019 study, compared with less than 1 serving per month, daily consumption of orange juice was associated with substantially lower odds of poor subjective

cognitive function. The researchers hypothesized that the brain-supporting benefits of juice may stem from the high antioxidant and bioactive substance (including vitamins, minerals, and polyphenols)

content in some 100% fruit juices.

5. lower your blood pressure

After drinking 2 cups of orange juice each day for a month, the blood pressure of overweight men was reduced in one study.

Researchers believe the benefits may be linked to hesperidin: the major polyphenol in orange juice that has been shown to act in an anti-inflammatory and anti-atherogenic role.

6. support heart health

A study found that participants who drank more than half a cup of OJ a day for over 20 years had a lower incidence of hypertension—a precursor to cardiovascular disease.


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