Your Best Breakfast Juice

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Do you drink fruit juice at breakfast? If you do, it’s very likely orange juice.

If you’re going to drink juice, there’s some recent evidence that grapefruit juice may be a better choice for you.

Here’s the news as reported on Samadi MD:

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Grapefruit juice is the morning rival to orange juice. It’s packed with potassium, Vitamin A and C, it’s a healthy choice among other citrus morning beverages. Grapefruit technically isn’t a negative-calorie food, but it’s still fairly low in calories, delivering only 74 calories per cup.

Your citrus fruits in general have lots of vitamins, minerals, and flavonoids. Flavonoids help stimulate your immune system.

Researchers at UC Berkeley found that mice on a high-fat diet that drank sweetened grapefruit juice gained less weight than other mice that drank sweetened water. After 100 days, the juice-drinking mice weighed 18.4 percent less than the other mice, and they had better metabolic health (better blood-sugar levels and insulin sensitivity). Results only occurred with a high-fat diet.

But there is a downside to grapefruit juice:

But if you take certain medications, grapefruit juice can do more harm than good. Drink grapefruit juice or eating a grapefruit can severely affect the way certain medications both prescription and over-the-counter get metabolized in the system. It can cause them to accumulate at harmful levels in your body. This mainly involves a class of drugs called Statins, which drugs created to lower cholesterol.

In general is seems best to avoid fruit juices and eat whole fruits. However, you do need to be aware that even whole grapefruit can interact with certain drugs.

It is now clear that your best breakfast juice is grapefruit juice.

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Shlomo Skinner
 

I'm the one who writes most of the posts here at Fitnessator. I'm a former US Marine trying to stay in shape. I enjoy using different fitness equipment as well as body weight exercises and eating lots of healthy greens.

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