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While freshly squeezed orange juice contains healthy nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals, processed orange juice is not the healthy and harmless that you could think of.

They favor overweight and obesity

One liter of processed juice can contain the equivalent of 20 coffee tablespoons of sugar (100 g).

The body does not “record” liquid calories. This can lead a person to continue eating even after drinking a high calorie drink. Sugary drinks can stimulate appetite for other sweet foods high in carbohydrates.

Sugary drinks affect children and adults. Studies have found a significant link between the consumption of these drinks and the obesity in children.

Raise your blood glucose levels quickly

Orange juice has a higher glycemic index than an orange since it takes longer to digest, causing slower blood glucose release.

Increased risk of heart disease

Beyond weight gain, regular consumption of these drinks can raise the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other chronic diseases.

Process removes vitamin C

In the pasteurization process, the juice raises the temperature to a level lower than its boiling point and then quickly cools it, thanks to this the microorganisms are destroyed but the drink loses vitamin C.

Some brands may reincorporate the pulp after pasteurization and add vitamin C

Does not offer the benefits of fiber

The oranges are pressed to extract the juice and part of the pulp is discarded as well as remains of the bark and skin of the segments, resulting in a liquid without fiber.

It is soluble fiber, which retains water, favors intestinal transit; It helps decrease fat absorption, helps reduce glucose and cholesterol levels in the blood, in addition to having a satiating effect.