- Where does most orange juice come from?
- Is orange juice nutritious?
- Is orange juice alkaline or acidic?
- Is orange juice gluten free?
- Is orange juice a common food allergen?
- Is orange juice low fodmap?
- Water footprint of orange juice?
- Carbon footprint of orange juice?
- Is orange juice sustainable?
- Is orange juice vegan?
- Does orange juice have human rights issues?
What are orange juice benefits and side effects? Is orange juice low fodmap? Gluten free? Acidic or alkaline? Is orange juice vegan? Good for you? Healthy? Sustainable? Here are orange juice pros and cons: all the info on orange juice that every ethical consumer wants to know…
Food is something we consume every day. If you’re like me, you do all the research you can to make sure you don’t hurt yourself, the planet, animals or others when shopping. As an ethical consumer myself, I am giving you all the info I’ve found on orange juice benefits and side effects.
After learning if orange juice is good or bad for you, the environment, animals and human rights, you will be able to make the best choices you can the next time you buy food.
This post is all about orange juice benefits and side effects that every ethical consumer should know.
Orange Juice Benefits and Side Effects
Orange juice benefits for health may include:
- better digestion (with pulp)
- brain health
- kidney stone prevention
- wound healing
- bone health
- boosted immunity
- colon health (from pulp)
- disease prevention
- heart health
- increased levels of HDL (good) cholesterol
- lower levels of both total and LDL (bad) cholesterol
- protect against heart disease and stroke
- regulated blood pressure
- gum health
- weight loss
Orange juice side effects may include:
- high blood sugar (if lack of pulp, fiber and sugar is added)
- obesity and weight gain (if lack of pulp, fiber and sugar is added)
- weakening tooth enamel
Additionally, oange juice is…
- Alkaline 8.0 pH level (fresh squeezed) once digested
- Acidic 3.5 pH level (sugar added) once digested
- Gluten Free
- Not a common Food Allergen
- Low Fodmap if fresh, High Fodmap if processed
Water footprint: low, it takes 1,018 liters of water to produce 1 kilogram of orange juice / 122 gallons of water to produce one pound of orange juice
Carbon footprint: moderate-high, high, 7.97 kg CO2e to produce 1 kilogram or 2.2 pounds of processed, frozen orange juice, a car driving equivalent of 18.25 miles or 29.5 kilometers, moderate, 2.14 kg CO2e to produce 1 kilogram or 2.2 pounds of processed refrigerated orange juice, a car driving equivalent of 5 miles or 8 kilometers
Destruction: low, orange juice production is relatively sustainable, there is no known significant damage to water, land, soil, forests, etc. as long as pesticides have not been used, be sure to buy Non-GMO/organic, as toxic, chemical pesticides contaminate air, water, soil, etc.
Orange juice is…
- Moderately Sustainable
Kills: none, orange juice production does not require any animals to be killed
Harms: none, orange juice production does not require any animals to be used
Indirectly kills or harms: none, no animals are indirectly killed or harmed from orange juice production as long as toxic chemicals have not been used, be sure to buy Non-GMO/organic, as pesticides harm and kill wildlife and ecosystems by contaminating soil, water, air and plants that animals eat
Orange juice is…
- Vegan unless vitamin D has been added
- Harmful to wildlife and ecosystem unless organic
Health and safety: varies, overall, agriculture continues to be one of the most dangerous industries, farmworkers may be subject to dehydration, heat stroke, unprotected exposure to harmful, toxic chemicals and pesticides, unsafe machinery and clean drinking water may not always accessible
Living conditions: varies, laborers are often exploited, they may face tough working conditions including long hours in the sun and heat performing physically exhausting tasks, labor laws and rights may or may not be in place, even if worker protection exists, employer violations may go unreported, refugees and migrant workers are especially vulnerable to abuse and mistreatment, fearing consequences of job loss or deportation
Wages: varies, generally farmworkers earn meager wages, there are many cases of underpaid agricultural workers, wage theft and no overtime payment or benefits
- May involve worker exploitation, laborer issues, human rights concerns
Where does most orange juice come from?
The world’s top orange juice exporting country is Germany, followed by USA, Spain, Brazil, Netherlands, Belgium, Mexico, Ireland, Denmark and France.
Is orange juice nutritious?
Yes an no. Orange juice contains Vitamin C, Vitamin A, calcium, bioflavonoids, (antioxidants), fiber (from pulp) and potassium.
However, orange juice contains a high amount of fructose and may contain added sugar and artificial flavors.
Is orange juice alkaline or acidic?
Orange juice is alkaline when 100% and fresh squeezed and acidic when sugar has been added.
What is the pH level of orange juice?
Orange juice has an 8.0 pH level when fresh and 3.5 pH level when sugar has been added, once digested.
When you eat food, it is broken down to an ash residue that can be neutral, acidic or alkaline. Minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, zinc, silver, copper and iron produce an alkaline ash; whereas sulfur, phosphorus, chlorine and iodine, which are found in meat, coffee, dairy and alcohol, leave an acid ash.
Going alkaline easier than ever with this: Acidic and Alkaline Foods List
Is orange juice gluten free?
Yes, orange juice is gluten free. Orange juice does not contain gluten. Orange juice is from a type of fruit, therefore making it a naturally gluten free food.
While celiac disease may not be as rampant as many marketing trends lead us to believe, you may have a gluten sensitivity…
Celiac and gluten sensitivity symptoms are similar and may include:
- recurring abdominal pain
- chronic diarrhea
- numbness in hands and feet
- chronic fatigue
- joint pain
- unexplained infertility
- low bone density (osteopenia or osteoporosis)
There are hundreds of potential symptoms, many of which are also symptoms of other conditions.
Going gluten-free easier than ever with this: Gluten and Gluten Free Foods List
Is orange juice a common food allergen?
No, orange juice is not a common food allergen. Some people may experience allergic reactions to orange juice but it is relatively rare by comparison.
A group of the eight major allergenic foods, AKA the Big-8, include:
Severe food allergies can be life threatening. Following ingestion of a food allergen, a person with food allergies can experience a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis.
Persons may still be allergic to and have serious reactions to foods other than the eight foods identified by the law.
Be aware of common dietary restrictions and food allergens with this: The Big 8 Most Common Food Allergens List
Is orange juice low fodmap?
Yes and no. Fresh squeezed orange juice is low fodmap. However, processed orange juice from the store is high fodmap and a beverage you should stop drinking if on a low fodmap diet.
A low FODMAP diet may help those with bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, stomach pain, and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).
It’s all about knowing your body. Observe what works and what doesn’t. You body might even react negatively to a low-FODMAP food simply due to intolerance. Everyone is different! Be mindful and patient. Take time to get to know what’s best for your physical health and overall wellbeing.
See this High FODMAP and Low FODMAP List of Foods
Water footprint of orange juice?
Orange juice has a relatively low water footprint compared to other foods.
It takes 1,018 liters of water to produce 1 kilogram of orange juice / 122 gallons of water to produce one pound of orange juice.
Did you know that water is a finite, non-renewable resource? Once it’s gone, it’s gone!
How much water does it take to produce an apple? A serving of rice? A steak dinner?
We need to be aware of “water footprints”. That is, the amount of fresh water utilized in the production or supply of goods we consume. As it turns out it takes significantly more water to yield foods that come from animals than foods that come from plants. Imagine how much water a cow needs to consume to generate a piece of beef. Not only how much water a single cow drinks, rather all the water that went into producing the crops that the cow ate.
Find out how much water your food consumes with this: Water Footprints of Foods and Ingredients List
Carbon footprint of orange juice?
Orange juice has a moderate to high carbon footprint compared to other foods and beverages.
It takes around 7.97 kg CO2e to produce 1 kilogram or 2.2 pounds of processed, frozen orange juice, a car driving equivalent of 18.25 miles or 29.5 kilometers, or 2.14 kg CO2e to produce 1 kilogram or 2.2 pounds of processed refrigerated orange juice, a car driving equivalent of 5 miles or 8 kilometers.
Food not only has a water footprint but also a carbon footprint, known as CO2e, which stands for carbon dioxide equivalent. Since carbon measurements are a bit more difficult to comprehend, it is common to equate CO2e to the distance which a car drives in miles or kilometers.
When calculating carbon emissions, some factors may include…
- farm equipment
- animal feed production
- hothouses (greenhouses)
- food processing
- package waste and more
But that’s not all!
It’s best to keep the following in mind when grocery shopping:
- shopping locally reduces transportation emissions
- food without packaging reduces waste as well as the carbon footprint
- refrigerated and frozen foods increase carbon emissions
- seasonal foods reduce carbon emissions from hothouses (greenhouses)
- growing plant-based foods at home is the most environmentally sustainable method with zero carbon footprint
Find out how much carbon your food emits with this: Carbon Footprints of Foods and Ingredients List
Is orange juice sustainable?
Orange juice production is moderately sustainable. Be sure to buy non GMO/organic, as toxic, chemical pesticides contaminate air, water, soil, etc. when using regenerative practices.
A 2018 Oxford University study – which is the most comprehensive analysis to date of the damage farming does to the planet – found that ‘avoiding meat and dairy is the single biggest way to reduce your impact on Earth’ as animal farming provides just 18% of calories but takes up 83% of our farmland.
Consuming animal products and byproducts is not environmentally friendly and is one of the worst things for the Earth. Not only is meat production wasteful, it causes enormous amounts of pollution. The industry is one of the biggest causes of climate change.
Is orange juice vegan?
Yes, pure orange juice is vegan. Orange juice is made from pressed oranges, a citrus fruit, and not an animal product or byproduct, therefore making it a vegan food.
However, orange juices with added vitamin D are often not vegan. Be sure to check product packaging for vegan specifications. Fresh squeezed/pressed orange juice is recommended.
Because we cannot see for ourselves how these animals live and what they endure does not mean it isn’t happening. The meat, poultry and dairy industries do everything they can to distance us from knowing how our food comes to be in order to keep us in the dark about what we support each time we buy animal derived products and byproducts.
Go vegan for animals!
It’s the best way to help animals and it’s not as difficult as you may think. Speak for animals with your actions, for they cannot speak at all.
Going vegan is easier than ever, at a glance with this: Vegan and Non-Vegan Foods List
Does orange juice have human rights issues?
At this time there are no major concerns with orange production but that doesn’t mean it isn’t happening!
It’s important to stay aware of human rights concerns and worker exploitation that may come with specific brands.
Did you know the single largest employer in the world is agriculture? The labor involved behind each and every product cannot go unrecognized.
Some known problems include workplace health and safety, child labor, gender inequality, inadequate pay, wage theft and exploitation. Workers can even experience harassment, humiliation and violence and unfair employers often fail to provide laborers with access to shade, drinking water, restrooms and breaks. Consequently, laborers can face nausea, dizziness, heat exhaustion, dehydration and heat stroke -the leading cause of farmworker death!
Such mistreatment is like modern day slavery. Workers are often afraid to report issues because they fear it will result in losing their jobs or deportation.
Fair trade organizations fight to ensure better social, environmental and economic standards.
We can improve people’s lives with foods we eat every day simply by buying products that are certified fair trade.
Be sure to read up on this list of ‘Foods You Should Always Buy Fair Trade‘
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