We previously stated that juice isn't as healthy as most people think.
Yes, that includes orange juice.
While Simply Orange is made from 100% orange juice, that doesn't mean it's nutritious.
The biggest issue is the 22 grams of sugar per 8-ounce serving.
Sugar found in whole fruit is drastically better for you than added sugar due to the amount of naturally-occurring fiber that comes along for the ride.
While the sugar in orange juice (and fruit juice in general) does come from fruit, it's missing that naturally occurring fiber. Almost all of the natural fiber in whole fruit is removed or destroyed during the juice production process.
Even the Simply Orange varieties that do contain pulp don't contain any fiber.
So an 8-ounce serving of Simply Orange packs about as much sugar as you'd find in two oranges, but those two whole oranges would also combine for nearly a quarter of your recommended daily amount of fiber.
While orange juice does pack high amounts of vitamin C, most people get enough from other dietary sources.
For orange juice varieties that are not 100% orange juice, the nutrition is often more grim.
A glass of OJ every now and then won't kill you, but downing a hefty cup every morning can quickly lead to a chronic overconsumption of sugar.
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