Friday, April 29, 2011

Drinking Orange Juice is Associated with Better Overall Health

Many of us are taking a potent dietary supplement every morning without even realizing it. That's right, as you pour yourself a tall glass of O.J. with your breakfast, you might not know that you're actually getting more nutrients in your diet than you bargained for.

In order to improve the odds that people are getting enough key nutrients in their diets, many foods these days are fortified vitamins and minerals. In your breakfast alone, there is a very good chance that your toast, margarine, milk and orange juice all contain added nutrients that aren't normally present in those foods, or in such high amounts. But aside from all those 'snuck in' nutrients, new research is suggesting that plain old 100% pure orange juice has many health benefits, including improving the odds of having a healthy diet and better overall health.

To make things even better, data collected from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Study between the years of 2003 and 2006 showed that adults who drank 100% pure orange juice were also at a lower risk of being overweight than adults who didn't drink any.

100% pure orange juice contains vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate, magnesium and potassium; nutrients which are typically underconsumed by most people. In addition, so many varieties of O.J. exist which have other essential nutrients like calcium and vitamin D added in. These nutrients are also frequently underconsumed, and are critical for the maintenance of bone health.

In addition, it was found that adults who drank orange juice were 16% less likely to be overweight or obese. In women, the results were even better; drinking O.J. was associated with a 27 % drop in the risk of being overweight or obese! Hmm...I get the feeling that the sales of orange juice might just go up this month!