Is fresh fruit always better than juice?
Concentrated juice is little more than a type of sugary water and it’s best to eat oranges in their natural form, right? Yes, but there’s a but: while OJ is high in sugar and best avoided if you’re trying to get lean, research shows that drinking it gets you more of two key compounds found in oranges - vitamin C and cancer-fighting carotenoids. The research, published in the Journal Of Agricultural And Food Chemistry, found that while pasteurising did lower levels of vitamin C and carotenoids in juice, it increased the bio-accessibility of both compared with eating oranges, meaning your body is better able to use the compounds. So the occasional glass can in fact be good for your health.