Like a lot of fruits and vegetables, oranges
can give you vitamin C and chemicals called
“antioxidants.” Antioxidants may help to
protect us from cancer and some other diseases.
Oranges and orange juice also give you the
vitamins thiamin and folate (folic acid).
They also give you the electrolyte potassium.
Eating the fruits and vegetables themselves is
usually better than drinking them as juice. For
one thing, you get more fiber from the fruits and
vegetables. Fiber is good for your digestive tract
and helps you feel more full. Some fruit juices
have added sugar, which is not so good. Even
unsweetened orange juice can contain a lot of
Fruit juices are better for you than soda and
“sports drinks,” which are basically just sugar
and flavorings. Some have added salt or vitamins,
but you’re usually better off drinking water
unless you’re exercising for an hour or more.
Even then, a piece of fruit along with the water
is a good choice.
Healthy eating is all about variety and balance.
If you like orange juice, it can be a nice treat.
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