If you drink OJ, there are a number of things you should know. First and most obviously, drinking freshly squeezed is the most beneficial to your health. Not only that, fresh squeezed orange juice is one of the most delicious things I’ve ever tasted in my life.
We used to live near a health food store that offered freshly squeezed OJ. It had a machine that would squeeze it right in front of you. And for a slightly ridiculous price, even for ten years ago, you could bring home your own jug of the fresh stuff. All the vitamins, minerals and nutrients still intact.
Not this frozen conccentrate stuff that they serve just about everywhere and which permeated most American’s referigerators – or the stuff in cartons that has who knows what added to it to preserver its freshness.
A good move by the FDA recently (you don’t get to hear those words often when you’re reading a natural health blog) was to block an attempt by the Brazilian Orange Juice industry, where much of the oranges in the world are grown, form increasing the amount of a fungicide called carbendazim.
The fungus killing agent is used legally in Brazil, but there must be safety concerns, because the FDA definitely put their foot down on this one. Of course, do I really want to be drinking anything that has a chemical which kills fungus or bacteria in it? Usually these types of agents are toxic to the human body in some way.
We’ve talked about fungicides and preservatives in body care like parbens, and how much you should try to avoid those many times. This is yet another one that you want to avoid if you can, and this is why I recommend freshly squeezed OJ wherever possible.
Or read your ingredient label and buy only organic orange juice if it is prepackaged to avoid all the nasty chemicals and by-products that may be included in the non-organic variety.