However, as I got older, I heard a lot of people talk about how orange juice was not really all that healthy. They said orange juice was just as bad as the soda pop, and that it was a lot healthier to just eat the oranges instead. Was what they were saying about my juice of choice true?
Yes, I do agree that a glass of orange juice can often contain as much sugar as a can of soda. That can easily be seen on the carton’s nutrition info. However, to say that orange juice is just as bad as soda pop is a bit much. Soda does not contain any nutrients. Meanwhile, orange juice is packed full of vitamins.
Oranges contain the same sort of vitamins without the extra sugar. So yes, eating oranges is healthier. However, if you are unlikely to eat an orange, drinking orange juice might not be that bad of an idea.