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iVillage.com: Foods That Are Healthier Than You Think

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Orange Juice

Dietitians often caution against drinking fruit juices, opting instead for the whole fruit, which has more fiber and less sugar. But orange juice has a surprising health benefit, Batayneh says. High in vitamin C and folate, it contains compounds that have been shown to decrease the body’s inflammatory responses after a high-fat, high-carb meal that may lead to plaque buildup. It may also help lower blood pressure, she explains. To make the most out of your morning glass, Batayneh recommends enjoying a half-cup (4 ounces) serving of freshly squeezed juice and balancing it out with some protein rich eggs for breakfast. Fresh orange juice isn’t always so easy to squeeze, so if you have to buy it in a bottle, check the label. Don’t go for lower sugar juices like Trop 50, says Batayneh. “The reason your store bought orange juice is so consistently flavorful has more to do with chemistry than nature. To keep it healthy, be sure to look for an organic brand, make sure the label says ‘not from concentrate’ and stick with a 4 ounce serving.”

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