Nothing could be further from the truth!
Let’s start this New Year by debunking a glass of OJ as the Holy Grail of a healthy breakfast, shall we?
Oranges Are a High Spray Crop
First of all, oranges are a heavily sprayed crop and the sprays that are used are called cholinesterase inhibitors and organophosphates – both are serious neurotoxins. When the oranges are placed into a vat for squeezing (the entire orange is used), guess what ends up in the juice?
You guessed it! Orange juice a la mucho pesticides!
Organophosphates in the use of cow feed has been linked to degeneration of the bovine nervous system and brain. Are these residues affecting you and your children like they are affecting the cows?
Common sense would surely dictate this as highly likely!
A study in Hawaii found that fruit and fruit juice consumption was the number one dietary factor in the development of Alzheimer’s Disease. Researchers conducting the study speculated that pesticide residues becoming concentrated in fruit juice due to modern processing techniques is the likely reason for the link.
The moral of this story is that store bought OJ is clearly not the healthy start to the day that conventional health experts would have us believe.
So what IS a healthy way to drink OJ?
How about freshly squeezing your own organic oranges as a truly healthy alternative to store OJ? Freshly squeezed organic orange juice retains all the wonderful enzymes and nutrient cofactors destroyed by the violent processing in juice processing facilities.
Don’t have a local source of organic oranges? At the very least, then, purchase ONLY organic orange juice from the store. It has been pasteurized and so has lost much of its nutrition, but at least you have avoided the cocktail of pesticides along with the fruit juice.
Lower the Glycemic Index when you drink OJ
Once you have either sourced a local supply of organic oranges or found a decent brand of organic OJ at the store, you are ready to make a really healthy glass of juice! Check out the easy recipe for breakfast OJ below.
Breakfast OJ Recipe
Easy recipe to boost the digestibility of your morning glass of orange juice that prevents the insulin spike and sugar crash later.
- 8 ounces orange juice preferably fresh squeezed
- 1-3 Tbl heavy cream preferably raw
Stir cream into glass filled with orange juice, ideally freshly squeezed for additional enzymes and nutrients.
Drink and enjoy! It tastes just like a drinkable orange creamsicle!
Use coconut cream instead of dairy cream if desired.
Take THAT Tropicana!
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
Source: Dirty Little Secrets of the Food Processing Industry
The Healthy Home Economist holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Mother to 3 healthy children, blogger, and best-selling author, she writes about the practical application of Traditional Diet and evidence-based wellness within the modern household. Her work has been featured by USA Today, The New York Times, ABC, NBC, and many others.