Orange Juice holds lofty position in the American pantheon of traditional breakfast foods. Each year 620 million gallons of the orange, ambrosial cure-all are consumed in the US. But, is it truly fresh?
Ads pitch, wink, wink, it’s pure and natural, so you obediently buy the orange citrus au jus. News flash! The majority of your OJ is quite old, pasteurized, and comes from Brazil, California, and Florida and resembles nothing found in nature.
Processed, pasteurized OJ an unholy surrogate for fresh, sun-blessed orange juice squeezed at home from heavenly oranges. Vitamin C, and its potent cancer protection, is the most easily destroyed vitamin there is. It is destroyed by exposure to oxygen and heat above 70 degrees. Pasteurization’s 145 ° heat destroys most of the juice’s health-sustaining phytonutrients. Heat alters the molecular structure, creating higher acidity during digestion. Acidity sets you up for inflammation.
You’ve been misled. Big brands marketing their product as “pure and simple” add suspicious flavor packs to revitalize it and make it fresh, once again. “From concentrate” and most “not from concentrate” orange juice undergoes a heat processes that strips flavor and nutrition. The largest producers allegedly keep juice in million-gallon aseptic storage tanks to ensure a year- round supply. This strips the juice of oxygen so the juice doesn’t oxidize in the “tank farms” where it can sit up to a year. Considered a hazardous substance, flammable artificial flavoring, Ethyl butyrate, is found in high concentrations in the flavor packs, which makes as much sense as lighting yourself on fire then running naked through a Meth Lab.
In April 2008, the Journal Diabetes Care studied diets of 70,000 women as part of the Nurse’s Health Study. They found that unlike daily consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables associated with an 18 per cent reduction in the risk of diabetes, consumption of sugary fruit juice, even in small daily amounts, was associated with an overall 18 per cent increased risk for diabetes. Diabetes makes a lot of corporations, bushels of dirty money. There’s a ton of sugar in juice, and not enough fiber to make it balance out.
If you protest the pithy parts, good grief, get over yourself. You’re a responsible adult now, in charge of your health. The white pith’s where nutritional goodness lurks, so “orange up.” Fresh squeezed OJ tastes ethereal and supermarkets do sell it. They charge too much, however. Return to a pre-industrial revolution mentality. Make family time to juice you own. It’s vastly cheaper and your Temple will definitely groove from the purity, hearty nutrition, and wholeness.
If you can’t squeeze your own, frozen, unsweetened OJ concentrate, contains lots of vitamin C and was not heated. American’s worship convenience, but there’s an unpleasant tradeoff. Big Food alchemist pretending to be chefs will never be able to graft the hand of God.