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Part of our series: “All things in moderation, including moderation.”
> Juice with “pulp” is slightly better than without. Fiber relieves blood sugar spikes. But even if you get “100% from OJ not from concentrate”, it still will have, on average, 10 grams of sugar per 100ml. That’s a lot!
So: an orange is a much better choice than both orange juice and soda.
The problem is that you just consumed about half a meal’s allotment in a few swift mouthfuls.
You’re still going to get hungry when the time comes.
> The cancer link. Having two sodas a week will almost double your odds of pancreatic cancer. Orange juice did not produce the same result.
According to a recent Reuters article, theoretically sugar fuels tumors, and regular soda drinkers have an 87% high risk of developing certain cancers. People that drink two or more sweetened soft drinks a week have a much higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer. But those drinking fruit juice instead of sodas, even though fruit juices are high in sugars, did not have the same risk, according to a study of 60,000 people in Singapore.
From write up about: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. “Soft Drink and Juice Consumption and Risk of Pancreatic Cancer: The Singapore Chinese Health Study.”
Findings were inconsistent. Two of the four studies found a positive association (24, 25), whereas the other two did not find any association between soft drinks and pancreatic cancer risk (26, 27). Only one of these four studies also examined the association between juice intake and pancreatic cancer risk and found a positive but nonsignificant association (26).”
The full study is available here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3404432/
> Juice is great for fast energy and weight gain, when we need it.
Otherwise, it’s just empty carbs. A lot of empty carbs.
If fruit is essentially soda—orange juice has as much sugar, and as many calories as a Coke (give or take)…and Coke is mentioned as harmful in the context of obesity and diabetes—well, then OJ will not be a better alternative in those contexts. Again, however, does not mean that it’s unhealthy in general (it has vitamins, and some fiber if you have the pulp in it) but it is not good for weight loss. In fact, for weight gain it’s great.