Fruit is healthy and filled with vitamins and minerals, but they are filled with a tremendous amount of sugar, especially when broken down into a glass juice. Eating fruit is okay, but you would never be eating 4 or 5 pieces of fruit at a sitting. Your body is thrown by having to assimilate that much sugar as it’s built easily regulate one tablespoon of sugar in the bloodstream for proper brain function. There are about three or more tablespoons of sugar from that much orange juice. So what happens with that extra sugar?
The pancreas responds by secreting excess insulin to offset the sharp rise in blood sugar. . . resulting in the liver converting the excess sugar to LDL (or bad) cholesterol and triglycerides (a saturated fat), which is not healthy. Also, the increased insulin blocks your body’s ability to burn the newly created triglycerides, which end up as body fat. Your body simply can’t handle the excess sugar.
When you wake up in the morning your blood sugar level should be around 87. Drink a glass of orange juice and eat a bowl of cereal (both of which convert to sugar in the body), and your blood sugar level rockets to 120 to 130. Your pancreas rises to protect you, secreting high levels of insulin, which then pushes your blood sugar down into the 70s. You then feel exhausted and maybe a little shaky, so you grab a cup of coffee and a doughnut to bring it back up.
Of course, this just perpetuates the roller coaster cycle of blood sugar ups and down, which, in turn, exhausts your organs. Get off the roller coaster and save your immune system. Unfortunately, many of us live on this health destroying cycle. Eat fruit, don’t drink it, especially from concentrate which contains even high levels of sugar.