by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

May 2021, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc.


All information in this article is for educational purposes only.  It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.


            Many people start their day with a glass of orange juice, believing it is a nutritious and tasty beverage that supplies extra vitamin C, calcium, and other nutrients.  Many parents give it to their children.

            However, from the perspective of development science, orange juice is not the best beverage.  The reasons are:


1. It is quite yin in Chinese medical terms and macrobiotic terminology.  This is harmful, no matter what nutrients it contains.  It is yin because it is high in sugar, high in vitamin C, and made from a tropical fruit.


2. Its acidic nature is not so easily neutralized in some people.


3. It upsets blood sugar badly due to its sugar content.


4. The type of sugar it contains, mainly fructose, is not the best.


5. For all the reasons above, orange and other fruit juices are irritating for the digestive tract.


6. Drinking juices with meals is a poor food combination that dilutes and weakens the digestive juices. 


            Please do not drink orange juice if you are following a development program.  This applies to both fresh or frozen orange juice concentrate.  There are better sources of vitamin C, and of all the other nutrients found in orange juice.

Other fruit juices such as apple juice, lemon juice or grapefruit juice are just about as bad, and should be avoided as well. 


Water and carrot juice.  Instead of orange juice, we recommend water and 10-12 ounces of carrot juice for adults and less for children.

For more information, please read Fruit–Eating, Juicing And Smoothies, Carrot Juice, Water For Drinking and Hydration.



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