April 4, 2013
Is my orange juice a better health choice than coca cola? Yes, but barely. Twelve ounces of orange juice has a whopping 37 grams of sugar or almost 10 teaspoons. The same amount of coca cola has 39 grams of sugar. Although orange juice has nutrients that a coke doesn’t such as vitamin C and potassium, in my opinion it’s not a healthy choice. One reason is because it has no fiber. Fiber is extremely important when eating sweet things. It slows down sugar absorption, which is really important for avoiding weight gain, insulin resistance, and diabetes. Instead of drinking juice, eat an orange. Robert Lustig’s new book, Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease, documents the connection between sugar and high fructose corn syrup and the epidemic of obesity and lifestyle diseases that have become epidemic in the last 30 years.