Is Orange Juice Good for You?


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Although orange juice is perceived as being healthy, it actually isn't, according to Authority Nutrition. A glass of orange juice is high in calories and contains nearly as much sugar as a can of soda.

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Orange juice contains a significant amount of vitamin C as well as vitamin B-1, folate, potassium and antioxidants, but it is loaded with sugar. As Authority Nutrition explains, studies show that drinking large amounts of liquid sugar can raise triglycerides and LDL cholesterol levels while also encouraging the accumulation of belly fat. Other studies show that drinking fruit juice is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity.

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