juice fads come and go faster than they claim to help wipe your system. From the celery juice craze to the year everyone bought juicers for the home, there’s always a new juice purifier to swear by. In a world of trends, only one juice stands the test of time: orange juice.
PB has been with us all since what feels like an eternity – remember that perfectly positioned glass that was “part of this complete breakfast” in TV ads from your childhood?
Besides being an absolute ingredient, the juice also has some health benefits. Many Americans struggle to getting enough vitamin D, That fortified orange juice can help replenish. It is also correlated with bone strength and improved mood. Plus, perhaps most famously, orange juice takes care of your vitamin C intake — an 8-ounce glass provides almost everything you need for the day.
The only problem with juice? When fruit becomes juice, it loses most of its fiber content, which in turn reduces the nutritional value.
“I prefer people to eat their fruit (e.g. an orange) rather than drink juice because they get more fiber and fewer calories,” says Lisa Young, PhD, RDN, author of Finally full, finally slim, nutritionist in own practice and member of our medical expert council.
The best scenario for orange juice
“In a perfect world we would all squeeze our own juice at homesays Moskovitz. “But if you’re short on time and need something nourishing and refreshing, store-bought is the next best thing.”
So where do you even start when you buy orange juice at the store? Moskovitz points out a number of variables that must be taken into account.
“First, make sure the brand is easy for you to find,” she begins. “Second, try to find a juice that is not from concentrate and no added sugars. If you can also buy organic, that can keep pesticides out and improve the taste and quality. Finally, a juice that fits your budget is essential.”
Young reiterates that finding a juice with no added sugar is a priority, adding that you should also stay away from it high fructose corn syrup and “juice from concentrate” to find the most nutritious PB.
The brand to buy in the store
When it comes to a specific brand of PB to gravitate towards, Moskovitz offered a few helpful tips. Her number one choice? Lakewood Organic Pure Orange Juice.
“With no added sweeteners or preservatives, Lakewood juice is freshly squeezed, organic, and not from concentrate,” says Moskovitz. “The bonus is that it comes in an eco-friendly glass bottle.”
And, Moskovitz adds, if you can’t find Lakewood Organic, Evolution cold pressed pure orange juice is a solid second choice.
“Evolution juices are organic and cold-pressed for optimal nutrient retention,” she says. “If you’re looking for an PB that actually tastes like oranges, you won’t be disappointed.”
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