Articles on orange juice

Which Is the Healthiest Orange Juice Brand?

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Eating the fruit is always a better option than drinking its juice as when we eat a fruit we are directly taking in all the nutrients in it whereas in the process of making the juice we lose out on a lot of the nutrition available in the pulp or skin. All excuses aside we still love our Orange Juice!Read more to know why are oranges so healthy? The thing to note here is that store bought orange juice is mostly sugar loaded, but there are some options that are healthier. Ever wondered, which is the healthiest? Here, we give you a lowdown on the good and the bad of healthy orange juices.Here are the leading orange juice brands in India-Orange Juice Nutrition factsSo, when compared both Activ and Tropicana took an immediate lead over Minute Maid and Real, since they had no added sugar. Their ingredients were primarily water and orange juice concentrate.Between Activ and Tropicana, Activ had marginally higher Calcium content, and Tropicana had more Potassium.Product ingredients are listed in order of decreasing weight.Real’s is- water> orange juice concentrate> sugar, etc.Minute Maid’s is- water> sugar> orange juice, etc.Minute Maid has more sugar than Orange Juice, in its ‘Pulpy Orange’ drink!Between the Tropicana and Activ, the taste of Tropicana is better. Note that most packaging is more than 100 ml. The smallest we found was 200 ml. Most of us consume a whole package, so be careful of how many calories you’re taking in. Read more to know more about 6 not so healthy foods.Still, the fruit is better than the juice, so go for that! 

Why Are Oranges So Healthy?

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Orange is a citrus fruit and very beneficial for your body, like most other citrus fruits. An orange offers lots of vitamins, minerals and fiber, with minimal calories. While orange juice is also full of nutrients, you tend to miss out on most of the fiber, so it is better to consume the whole fruit. An orange is a great snack between meals and is easy to carry and eat.Nutritional history of orangesOne medium orange contains 80 calories, 0 grams of fat, 250 milligrams of potassium, 19 grams of carbohydrate (14 grams of sugar and 3 grams of dietary fiber) and 1 gram of protein. Oranges also contain various vitamins and minerals like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, selenium and copper.Health benefits of orangesVitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that combats the formation of free radicals that can cause cancer. While adequate vitamin C intake is necessary and very beneficial, the amount necessary to consume for therapeutic purposes for cancer is beyond oral intake.Oranges contain a good amount of potassium, choline, fiber and vitamin C, which is also good for the heart. An increase in potassium intake along with a decrease in sodium intake is the most important dietary change that a person can make to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease, according to Mark Houston, M.D, M.S, an associate clinical professor of medicine at Vanderbilt Medical School and director of the Hypertension Institute at St. Thomas Hospital in Tennessee.It is also helpful for blood pressure patients because oranges are rich in potassium and have vasodilation effects which help to control the pressure of blood in our body.According to the American Heart Association, eating higher amounts of a certain compound found in citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit may lower ischemic stroke risk for women. Those who ate the highest amounts of citrus had a 19 percent lower risk of ischemic stroke than women who consumed the least.Oranges are also good for the skin because of the presence of antioxidants that can help fight skin damage and even help reduce wrinkles. Basically, it helps in formation of collagen of skin.Make oranges an essential part of your diet. It’s a seasonal fruit, so make sure you eat them every day as long as they are available. Not only will it boost your immunity and provide health benefits, it will even act as a low calorie food to aid in weight loss.

Juice Diet – Detox & Weight Loss?

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Juice diet is a popular diet that many people try to follow- most people use detox diet for weight loss. The juice diet has many forms: lemon juice diet, orange juice diet, carrot juice diet, vegetable juice diet, and other possibilities of juice diets. We told you about the lemon detox diet. Here, we talk about all juice diets. It is basically a fad diet or crash diet form, involves intake of raw vegetable and fruit juices, and water only. It is an extreme diet form, as no solid food is consumed during the length of the diet. So, is the juice diet good for weight loss? Is the juice diet healthy?Does the juice diet detox your system? The juice diet is like a mine field. Read on to find out, if you’re going to lose weight, or lose something else… So, does the juice diet help weight loss? Think of it this way. The point of the juice detox diet for weight loss, is to consume fewer calories than your current metabolic rate (The number of calories your body burns on a daily basis). With the calorie deficit, you assume the juice diet will help you lose weight. But is there really a calorie deficit in your juice diet? Or are you consuming too many calories on your juice diet? Say, you are on an orange juice diet or fruit juice diet- is this fresh juice or packaged juice? If its packaged orange juice (and most packaged juices are sweetened), and you’re drinking 8-10 glasses of orange fruit juice, then you might be consuming a large amount of sugar with it. Now, if you are on an unsweetened fresh fruit juice diet or vegetable juice detox diet, then you know you’re not consuming the extra sugar calories, and fewer calories. If weight loss was just a game of calories, then this could possibly work, but there are some complications to it. Besides, vegetables and fruits are loaded with vitamins, minerals and nutrients, so you assume vegetable juices and fruit juices are also good for your health. Yes, these vegetable and fruit juices have some of these nutritional benefits, but being on a juice diet completely deprives you of macro nutrients like protein and fat. Let’s take protein first. On the juice diet, there is no protein source. Now, everyone’s body has a certain amount of muscle weight (both men & women). Besides giving your body shape, muscles also help protect your bone structure from injury, and store energy for your body. When you eat little or no protein on the juice diet, then its not enough to maintain these muscles. As a result, your body experiences muscle catabolism- where your body uses muscle protein to maintain essential muscles. As a result, one of the side effects of the juice diet is that you lose muscle. When you lose this muscle, you lose muscle weight. So, the weighing scale might say you’ve lost weight, but is that the weight you wanted to lose? Then further, with a lower muscle content in your body, your metabolic rate goes down. With a lower metabolic rate, your body’s calorie requirements go down further. So, you need fewer calories to maintain your body. As a result, your previously low calorie diet might not be low enough. Do you need to go lower?Now, let’s talk about no fat in your diet- fat is an essential component to the digestion process. It improves absorption of nutrients into your body. With no fat in your diet, fewer nutrients from your juice diet get absorbed in your body. Besides this, there are other possible issues with the juice diet:– Hypoglycemia: A vegetable juice diet can be low on carbohydrates. Being so low on carbohydrate can lead to hypoglycemia, leading to severe head ache and low blood pressure.– Acidic Blood/Ketosis: When a diet is changed from a high carbohydrate diet to a diet that does not provide sufficient carbohydrate to replenish glycogen stores, the body goes through a set of stages to enter ketosis, with side effects including fainting, dizziness, low blood pressure, heart arrhythmia (irregular heart beat), hunger, vomiting and more.– –Juice-Drug Interaction: Juice diet can affect you adversely if you are on prescription drugs or medications. According to American Journal of Cardiology, pomegranate and grapefruit juice interact with statins (cholesterol lowering medicines), anti-allergens, blood pressure drugs, pain killers and immune suppressants. American Chemical Society found out apple and orange juice also interacts with antacids and antibiotic therapy. These interactions can lead to potential hazard to your health. So, you still want to do the juice diet to lose weight?

Juice Diet - Detox & Weight Loss?

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Juice diet is a popular diet that many people try to follow- most people use detox diet for weight loss. The juice diet has many forms: lemon juice diet, orange juice diet, carrot juice diet, vegetable juice diet, and other possibilities of juice diets. We told you about the lemon detox diet. Here, we talk about all juice dietsIt is basically a fad diet or crash diet form, involves intake of raw vegetable and fruit juices, and water only. It is an extreme diet form, as no solid food is consumed during the length of the diet. So, is the juice diet good for weight loss? Is the juice diet healthy?Does the juice diet detox your system? The juice diet is like a mine field. Read on to find out, if you’re going to lose weight, or lose something else…So, does the juice diet help weight loss? Think of it this way. The point of the juice detox diet for weight loss, is to consume fewer calories than your current metabolic rate (The number of calories your body burns on a daily basis). With the calorie deficit, you assume the juice diet will help you lose weight. But is there really a calorie deficit in your juice diet? Or are you consuming too many calories on your juice diet?Say, you are on an orange juice diet or fruit juice diet- is this fresh juice or packaged juice? If its packaged orange juice (and most packaged juices are sweetened), and you’re drinking 8-10 glasses of orange fruit juice, then you might be consuming a large amount of sugar with it. We’ve told you how sugar makes you store fat. See this for the healthiest orange juice. So, stay off the package fruit juice diet.Now, if you are on an unsweetened fresh fruit juice diet or vegetable juice detox diet, then you know you’re not consuming the extra sugar calories, and fewer calories. If weight loss was just a game of calories, then this could possibly work, but there are some complications to it.Besides, vegetables and fruits are loaded with vitamins, minerals and nutrients, so you assume vegetable juices and fruit juices are also good for your health. Yes, these vegetable and fruit juices have some of these nutritional benefits, but being on a juice diet completely deprives you of macro nutrients like protein and fat.Let’s take protein first. On the juice diet, there is no protein source. Now, everyone’s body has a certain amount of muscle weight (both men & women). Besides giving your body shape, muscles also help protect your bone structure from injury, and store energy for your body. When you eat little or no protein on the juice diet, then its not enough to maintain these muscles. As a result, your body experiences muscle catabolism- where your body uses muscle protein to maintain essential muscles. As a result, one of the side effects of the juice diet is that you lose muscle. When you lose this muscle, you lose muscle weight. So, the weighing scale might say you’ve lost weight, but is that the weight you wanted to lose? Then further, with a lower muscle content in your body, your metabolic rate goes down. With a lower metabolic rate, your body’s calorie requirements go down further. So, you need fewer calories to maintain your body. As a result, your previously low calorie diet might not be low enough. Do you need to go lower?Now, let’s talk about no fat in your diet- fat is an essential component to the digestion process. It improves absorption of nutrients into your body. With no fat in your diet, fewer nutrients from your juice diet get absorbed in your body.Besides this, there are other possible issues with the juice diet:- Hypoglycemia: A vegetable juice diet can be low on carbohydrates. Being so low on carbohydrate can lead to hypoglycemia, leading to severe head ache and low blood pressure.- Acidic Blood/Ketosis: When a diet is changed from a high carbohydrate diet to a diet that does not provide sufficient carbohydrate to replenish glycogen stores, the body goes through a set of stages to enter ketosis, with side effects including fainting, dizziness, low blood pressure, heart arrhythmia (irregular heart beat), hunger, vomiting and more.- Juice-Drug Interaction: Juice diet can affect you adversely if you are on prescription drugs or medications. According to American Journal of Cardiology, pomegranate and grapefruit juice interact with statins (cholesterol lowering medicines), anti-allergens, blood pressure drugs, pain killers and immune suppressants. American Chemical Society found out apple and orange juice also interacts with antacids and antibiotic therapy. These interactions can lead to potential hazard to your health.So, you still want to do the juice diet to lose weight?If you need to lose weight, get on a healthy weight loss plan, with a balanced diet and an effective exercise routine. We even provide a personal manager to help you stay on track, and answer any questions. If you need more motivation, try our personal trainer program. On any of these programs, besides losing weight, you will be fitter, look better and be healthier. Isn’t that the point of weight loss?!

Are Fruit Juices Actually as Bad as Carbonated Beverages?

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Many people include packaged fruit juices in their diet hoping to get the goodness of the whole fruit or freshly squeezed fruit juice. Do you also prefer to sip packaged fruit juice with your breakfast or as a snack? You might not want to if you know that they could be as harmful as sugary sodas. We’ll explain why.1. It is loaded with sugar and artificialHave you ever realized that every time you buy a packed fruit juice it tastes the same, but that’s not the case when you have the whole fruit. The flavor and taste varies a lot. It’s because it contain sugar in high amounts with added fruit juice and flavoring additives. All the ingredients in it are accurately measured to make sure every pack of juice produced tastes the same. This even makes packed fruit juice high in calories. 1 glass of packed orange juice contains approximately 110 Calories whereas a whole orange fruit is not more than 62 Calories. Also, the fruits could be grown under artificial circumstances or with harmful chemical additives to have flavor and size uniformity.Read more to know which is the healthiest orange juice brand?2. Low in nutritionWhile packing a fruit juice it is passed through various heat treatments to ensure a higher shelf life. And, because of this, many nutrients get destroyed. For example, Vitamin C is heat sensitive and when we heat any fruit juice vitamin C gets destroyed because of the heat. Many naturally occurring digestive enzymes within the fruit also get damaged because of these treatments. Packed fruit juices also contain preservatives which may have a carcinogenic affect on your body.3. Low in fiberWhole fruits are loaded with fiber which provide bulk to your diet and may help you in avoiding digestive problems like constipation. Juice lacks in the healthy fiber which is present in the whole fruit. Along with the fiber, many other nutrients get discarded. Packed fruit juice contains a negligible amount of fiber. This happens because packed fruit juice has to pass various processes to make it a clear juice.Read to know about importance of fiber rich foods.4. Affect your overall healthFruit juice elevates blood sugar more quickly than any whole fruit, and in most cases, the level of sugar in packed fruit juice is higher than that found in most whole fruits. Because of high sugar content and high calorie content, if any packed juice is consumed in excess, it can lead to weight gain.Get information on how to gain healthy weight. It can be dangerous for diabetics too.Always choose whole fruits instead of juice to get the goodness of any fruit. And a good alternative to juice is a homemade smoothie with your favourite fruits. At least you don’t miss out on the essential nutrients and fiber.

Reasons You Should Drink Sugarcane Juice This Summer

Dr. Richa Garg, Ayurveda
The summers seem to be beating down on us and with the heat come diseases like heatstrokes and bouts of dehydration. But there is one summer drink that can help you overcome the sweltering heat and other diseases in a jiffy – sugarcane juice.Here are 10 reasons you should have a glass of sugarcane juice everyday this summer.Is a potent energy booster:Sugarcane contains a large amount of glucose along with other compounds. The glucose and other electrolytes make it an instant pick-me-up. Not only does it give you that instant boost of energy, but if drunk when cold, it helps cool down the body during the harsh summers.Fights against cancerSugarcane is packed with antioxidants that have a very potent effect on the body. According to a study, Phytochemistry,  flavones present in sugarcane juice are highly effective in stopping the production and spread of cancerous cells. Another study found that the juice was especially effective in curbing the onset and spread prostate and breast cancer.Beats dehydrationThe summer heat and high amount of humidity make one very prone to dehydration. But sugarcane juice can definitely thwart that ill effect of the summers. Packed with a high concentration of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and manganese, sugarcane juice acts a perfect drink to replenish lost electrolytes and water.Helps your kidneys function better and beats urinary tract infections:Sugarcane juice contains a large amount of proteins, making it perfect to help your kidneys function optimally. Moreover it is alkaline in nature and is the perfect antibiotic agent. Apart from that, when had in a diluted form (diluted with water or coconut water) it works perfectly to relieve the pain and burning sensation most people experience during a bout of urinary tract infection.Is a potent antioxidant:According to a study, researchers found that the compounds present in sugarcane juice has the ability to not only scavenge free radicals, but also reduced the production of iron complex and inhibit lipid peroxidation – all processes that lead to the deterioration of the body and its organsKeeps your liver healthySugarcane is known to keep your bilirubin levels in check, that is one of the reasons that this juice is used in Ayurveda to treat conditions like jaundice. But, apart from that, sugarcane has a protective effect on the liver as well. Sugarcane juice actually helps protect the liver from damage and acts as a palliative to a damaged liver. So, if you have been on a binge drinking spree, have suffered from jaundice, or just want to care for your liver, have a glass of sugarcane juice everyday.Acts an effective digestive agentSugarcane juice has large amounts of potassium in it, making it the perfect agent to aid in digestion. The potassium also acts as an antimicrobial agent – protecting your stomach from infections – and improve peristalsis (the movement of food through the stomach).Gives you healthy skin:Packed with a compounds called alphahydroxy acid and glycolic acid, sugarcane is an elixir for the skin. It not only helps reduce acne, but also reduces the appearance of blemishes, prevents ageing and keeps your skin hydrated. The glycolic acid is especially known for its instant benefits when applied on the skin. So the next time you see a pimple on your face, don’t panic, just apply some sugarcane juice to it. You can also add it to your favorite mask or face pack and use it as a scrub too.Helps fight bad breath and other common infections:Due to the high mineral content, potassium and alkaline nature, sugarcane makes a very effective antimicrobial agent. The minerals present in the juice keep the teeth healthy and the other agents prevent tooth decay due to infections. It is also known to boost one’s immunity and keep common infections at bay.

Diet Tips For Healthy Teeth

Dr. Abhijit Lele, Dentist
Keep number of food intakes limited to a maximum of six during the whole day (including tea, coffee), out of which three should be major meals and three snacks.Drink sufficient water. It helps to maintain the salivary flow at optimum levels.Eat fewer sweets. As far as possible avoid eating sweets in between meals. Also avoid anything sweet for an hour before going to bed.It is very necessary that you brush your teeth after having sweets. So it is best to have sweets during or after meals and not as separate snacks.Avoid aerated drinks to keep your oral cavity healthy.If you are not able to brush after your lunch, a sugar-free chewing gum may be a good idea. Please make sure that it is sugar free.Avoid daily intake of orange juice or any citrus fruit juice.In general, every food in its original form is the best. For example, whole orange is better than orange juice and raw tomato is better than tomato sauce or ketchup.After having any of the above acidic foods or drinks, rinse your mouth with water. Do not brush your teeth immediately as the acidic pH and mechanical action of brushing complement each other to produce tooth wear.Your diet should include the necessary amount of fibrous foods and protein rich foods. Fibrous foods perform an automatic cleansing action while we are chewing them.If you are implementing a diet pattern suggested to you by a dietitian for general health or any illness, please consult the dietitian or physician before acting upon the advice given by the dentist. For example, munching on a piece of cheese after acidic foods can bring back the pH of the oral cavity to neutral very quickly so that can be advised by a dentist but that should suit your overall diet scheme.All these rules apply more stringently to kids as they are not well capable of performing brushing. So the parents have to monitor their diet pattern very carefully.

Perfect Diet for Students During Exams

Dr. Sandeep Jassal, General Physician
Are you or your child experiencing examination blues and trying hard to cope up with stress before and during the exams? One of the best things parents can do if their child is experiencing exam stress is to try to be as supportive and tolerant as possible and give them diet which really helps them. When it comes to feeding our children during exams, MORE isn't better…If one orange is good, that doesn't mean your kid should eat 10. Mega-dosing with foods won’t help. Once your kid's body has what it needs, the rest gets wasted. It's like pumping gas into a tank that's already full. Include the following foods to keep them sharp, give up lethargy and gain concentration…! Let’s help kids excel in 'Exams' and 'Health' as well.Breakfast‬- Never skip meals, particularly breakfast! Despite the brain being one of the smallest organs in the body, it uses up to 20% of the energy we need every day. Keeping a steady supply of glucose (energy) throughout the day will ensure that children do not lose concentration during both study and exam times. When we wake up, our body hasn't had any food for several hours. Breakfast gives us the energy we need to face the day, as well as some essential vitamins and minerals.Yogurt‬- Yogurt contains helpful germs called probiotics. You may already know that these organisms live in your gut and can improve the way your body uses food. But they are also important in helping your body fight sickness. One study found that kids who had a yogurt drink had a 19% lower risk of colds, ear infections, and strep throat.Walnuts‬- Walnuts have healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for you in lots of ways. Experts believe that omega-3s help your body fight illness. One small study found omega-3s cut the number of respiratory infections in kids. Walnuts are easy to sprinkle into a snack mix or on cereal.Fruits‬ and veggies- To help your immune system, have the ones that are high in vitamin C, like citrus fruits, guavas and berries.Whole‬ foods- Sure, orange juice has vitamin C, but your kid is better off with an orange instead. It has vitamin C and a lot more. You get a lot more nutrients from the whole food than you would from a juice or supplement.Water‬- Dehydration can make the child feel lethargic, irritable and tired. Worst of all, it affects the concentration which may make it more difficult to study and perform to the best. Keep a glass of fluid (fruit juice, herbal teas, water) within easy reach while studying and take a bottle of water into the exam. Try to reduce intake of drinks that contain caffeine, such as tea, coffee and some colas as they can act as mild diuretics. This causes the body to lose fluid and increase the need to use the toilet, which is not ideal during an exam! Although some studies suggest that small amounts of coffee can make us alert, other studies suggest that taking excess caffeine can upset our blood sugars which can affect your concentration levels. All work and no play made Jack a dull boy. It also makes Jack a tired and stressed boy. Adequate sleep is essential to ensure that children can recall the information you have worked so hard to learn as well as to absorb the new information you read. Facilitate them with time to relax before bedtime. Avoid caffeine containing drinks late at night. To help relieve stress, clear mind and lift up mood, break up study with short bursts of exercise. The child can go for a jog, a swim, a cycle, or even just walk to local shop to fetch you some groceries- even though you don’t need them much!.To all my dear moms - Get started and feed your children healthy and nutritious food, not just MORE food!