Sunday, June 14, 2009

Question Everything

"My husband freezes a glass of orange juice and then eats it in the evening. He insists it's no worse than eating an orange. Is he right?"

Let me provide you with the facts and this way you can have a healthy debate on the topic.

1 medium orange contains approximately
- 62 kcal
- 3 g dietary fiber
- 12 g sugar
- Weight Watchers: 0.5 points
- Net Carbohydrates: 12
On the other hand, 1 glass of orange juice (8 fl oz) contains
- 120 kcal
- 0 g dietary fiber
- 28 g sugar
- Weight Watchers: 2 points
- Net Carbohydrates: 28
In summary, OJ has double the calories and sugar and lacks dietary fiber. It causes an increase in blood sugar (glucose) levels - not an ideal metabolic response for our bodies to undergo just before heading to bed. In women (no study published in men), one study found that one glass of orange juice a day raised the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 18%.

I'd suggest he tries another bedtime snack, perhaps an orange!

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