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Orange Juice May Reduce Some Negative Effects of High Fat Meals

A new study recently found that a glass of orange juice may actually help reduce the negative health effects of high fat meals.

Researchers from the University of Buffalo conducted the study and published their findings in the April 2010 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The researchers recruited 30 healthy men and women aged 20-40 for their study. At the start of the study the participants were divided into 3 groups.

All of the groups fasted overnight then consumed a high-fat, high calorie breakfast (900 calories) One group consumed water with their meal, the second group consumed "not-from-concentrate" orange juice, and the third group received a glucose drink.

The researchers took blood samples before the participants consumed the meal and 1, 3 and 5 hours after the meal.

The researchers found significant increases in the level of oxygen free radicals among all the groups, however, there was a significantly lower increase among the group that drank orange juice with their meal. The orange juice group saw a 47% increase in free radicals following the meal whereas both the water and glucose groups saw an increase of over 60%.

The researchers also saw lower levels of inflammatory markers among the orange juice group.

Lowering inflammation and the production of free radicals in our bodies reduces the risk of a long list of health problems such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

The researchers noted that their findings are by no means a license to eat as much high fat food as you want because regularly eating high fat meals will quickly catch up to you. In addition, you should avoid large quantities of fruit juices because of their high sugar content.

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