HEART HEALTH IS A JUICE BEST SERVED COLD
The original juice is back on the table. Ice it in the freezer to concentrate its nutritional payload
It’s high time that juicing made a comeback. We’re not, of course, talking about the hypodermic kind – we mean your morning OJ. Before health campaigners called out its high sugar content, it was almost unthinkable to start your day without a thirst- quenching hit of vitamin C. Now, a study by the University of Seville in Spain has discovered that, with a simple kitchen hack, you can restore good, old-fashioned orange juice to its rightful place on your breakfast table. The health and wellness zeitgeist is cyclical, after all.
The Spanish scientists found that freezing the juice before thawing it out again increases the bioaccessibility of compounds called carotenoids, making them more easily absorbed into your blood stream through your intestinal wall. According to research published in the British Journal of Nutrition, these powerful antioxidants help to prevent the breakdown of muscle and reduce oxidative stress, which has been linked to a heightened risk of cancer. Perhaps most importantly, however, carotenoids also have a protective effect against heart disease, which is responsible for more than 160,000 deaths per year in the UK alone.
So, buying orange juice in bulk and keeping a ready supply in the freezer is the most convenient way to put its nutrients to better use. As for those scare stories about the juice’s high sugar content, you can offset the negatives with our high-fibre breakfast heroes ( right). Squeeze more from your morning.
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