A glass of fresh orange juice for breakfast has to be a fruity-strong start into the day, right? One could falsely think that.
Fortunately, as a regular reader of my blog, you know better, and the awesome orange juice for breakfast commercial with the happy family, the unnaturally blue sky, and the overly bright sunshine rolls off your shoulders like raindrops off my freshly polished and waxed Chevy Tahoe.
One serving of orange juice (approx. 8 ounces) from the supermarket contains about 26 grams of carbohydrates. Expressed in sugar cubes, that’s baffling 6½ pieces.
But what has that got to do with a lack of energy?
Quite a lot. With such a burst of quick energy, the sugar level in the blood rises quickly.
While sleeping at night, due to the lack of food your body had the chance to switch to fat burning mode. All systems of your body were purring contentedly. And none of them is prepared to take on the sudden soaring, highly explosive levels of sugar.
Now it’s up to the hormone Insulin, to rid the blood of the excess sugar. It does so by storing the flood of energy in the body’s own warehouse: the fat cells. And Insulin is very efficient in doing this job.
As a result, blood sugar levels may drop rapidly too low. A typical sign is feeling tired and worn out about 2 hours after the ingestion of the golden “energy booster”.
But René, what about freshly squeezed orange juice? And vitamin C?
Even a 7-oz-glass of freshly squeezed orange juice contains mainly sugar (4 sugar cubes). And as for vitamin C: you best get that from briefly steamed broccoli or Brussels sprouts, which contain even more vitamin C than oranges.
So no more oranges?
It’s best to enjoy oranges in their most complete form, namely as a whole fruit. Then the pulp slows down the rise in sugar levels. Ideally, you buy oranges locally when they are in season. Let them be, when oranges do not grow in your area. You can forget the indicated vitamin content when it comes to imported fruit (due to the fact that vitamins start breaking down right after the harvest). Eat an Orange as an afternoon Snack or as a dessert after a main meal.
The best breakfast beverage-trick to kickstart your day:
There is nothing better for a successful day than one or two glasses of water first thing in the morning. Drinking water is the most important source of energy in our body. Ok, aside from the air we breathe – as the geek would probably point out. But that is a subject for another day.
If you want to make it even better, you choose the upgraded version: lemon water.
Thanks for reading,
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