I love all the different opinions out there about breakfast…
“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” or
“Without a big breakfast, you set yourself up for a day of complete diet failure”
“You don’t need to eat breakfast unless you’re hungry” or
“I started skipping breakfast and lost so much weight!”
With so many opposing beliefs, it’s no wonder people are confused and there are so many people out there drinking orange juice for breakfast!
When initially talking about diet with clients, more often than not, the description of breakfast includes a glass of orange juice, accompanied by a look of glee that they are having something healthy that I will approve of.
While I am a big fan of juices, the ingredients and timing of the juices are something that needs to be considered (as well as the quality and when they were made – but more on this in another post)
According to Michael Murray, the modern evolution of the simple orange now looks like this:
Beautiful raw, whole orange –> Refined, processed, unsweetened orange juice –> Refined, processed, sweetened orange juice or concentrate –> Refined, highly processed, sweetened, artificially coloured & flavoured orange drinks –> Completely processed & fabricated “orange” juice with absolutely no actual orange in the juice, but still marketed as natural with a big orange on the front of the label to convince you that it’s good for you
I’m not sure when orange juice began to be touted as a health food for breakfast, but in my eyes, it’s certainly not good for you – especially the highly processed type that hardly resembles orange juice at all.
So where do I get my vitamin C from? (You may be wondering…)
Well, if we compare the vitamin C content of a select range of fruit and vegetables – oranges contain only 50mg/100g of vitamin C, a tiny amount compared to:
- Guavas: 242mg/100g
- Red Capsicum (peppers): 190mg/100g
- Kale: 186mg/100g
- Parsley: 172mg/100g
- Broccoli: 113mg/100g
- Lemon juice: 46mg/100g
While you may not fancy swapping your orange juice for a capsicum/kale/parsley juice (yuk), consider swapping it for some lemon juice in warm water or a herbal tea – both much healthier options – and next time you think about buying orange juice to enjoy with your breakfast, have a read of the label to check exactly what it is that’s in that bottle of “orange juice”.