We also know that vitamin C is associated with a number of health benefits. Though vitamin C doesn’t protect against the common cold (this is a popular misconception), it does guard against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, eye problems and even wrinkled skin.
But here’s the deal.
Fruit juices including OJ aren’t particularly good for you. In fact, many fruit juices are only marginally better than soda. Even 100% fruit juices fall short; they are high in sugar, calorie-dense and devoid of the fiber that makes fruit both healthy and filling.
If you want vitamin C but without the sugar, consider vegetables. As it turns out, there are a number of vegetables rich in vitamin C.
You can get a days worth of vitamin C from:
- 3/4 cup chopped broccoli
- 3/4 cup Brussels sprouts
- 3/4 cup chopped kale
- 1/6 cup chopped green chili pepper
- 1/2 of a bell pepper
- 1 and 1/4 cups chopped cauliflower
The bottom line is that your morning cup of orange juice isn’t doing you any good. In fact, it might actually be working against your fitness goals.
A diet that’s rich in vegetables is easily going to give your body the vitamins and minerals it needs. No juice required.
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