Power of 100% Orange Juice

Power of 100% Orange Juice Carbohydrates are your body's preferred source of energy, and if you get some of those carbs from fruit juice you'll be adding a variety of vitamins and minerals to your healthy balanced diet. An interesting study published in the Nutrition Journal found that adults who habitually consume pure orange juice are more likely to have an optimal balance of nutrients in their diet and less likely to be overweight.

Analyzing answers from 8,861 adults on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted between 2003 and 2006, researchers determined that subjects who regularly consumed about 7 ounces of orange juice were more likely to have adequate levels of vitamin A and C, folate, magnesium and potassium along with a lower body mass index and better cholesterol levels.

True Strength Moment: If you're planning to cut back on carbs as part of the high-protein diet, starting the day with a small glass of orange juice might be a good way to top off muscle glycogen reserves while taking in a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals. If you want to turn that fruit juice into a high-protein smoothie, search the free database of recipes available at optimumsmoothie.com
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