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The Positive And Negative Health Effects Of Drinking Orange Juice

Last updated Sept. 20, 2015

Approved by: Krish Tangella MD, MBA, FCAP

Adding orange juice to your daily breakfast routine has shown to have substantial impact on your health. But as it is true for many foods, exceptions exist for the consumption of orange juice.


Adding orange juice to your daily breakfast routine has shown to have substantial impact on your health. But as it is true for many foods, exceptions exist for the consumption of orange juice.

One glass of orange juice can provide an important amount of Vitamin C that your body needs, as it does not produce the vitamin itself. With just 2 servings of orange juice per day, you can increase your concentration of vitamin C in the body by 24%.

Drinking orange juice has been shown to prevent inflammatory responses from occurring. These types of responses usually occur post meal consumption due to eating foods with high fat or glucose content, leading to eventual insulin resistance. A severe product of this reaction could be the development of type 2 diabetes or atherosclerosis.

It is currently believed that regular orange juice intake is also associated with lowering LDL cholesterol levels. Lowering this “bad” cholesterol is correlated with decreasing the risk of cardiovascular complications.

Other health benefits of orange juice include protecting cells from damage, strengthening teeth and increasing bone health, and improving brain, spinal cord, and neural system health.

Despite these stellar health benefits, consuming too much orange juice can negatively impact your health. This juice has a high carbohydrate content. Drinking orange juice in too large amounts makes it a high-glycemic food, increasing blood sugar more severely. This can eventually contribute to the onset of diabetes when consumed in excess.

References:

http://www.med-health.net/Benefits-Of-Orange-Juice.html

http://www.livestrong.com/article/495611-side-effects-of-too-much-orange-juice

Reviewed and Approved by a member of the DoveMed Editorial Board
First uploaded: Oct. 23, 2014
Last updated: Sept. 20, 2015