May 4th is National Orange Juice Day!
Orange juice, especially Florida orange juice, is considered one of the healthiest beverages because of its wide range of health benefits. This includes the ability to boost the immune system, reduce signs of aging, prevent cancer, enhance cellular repair and metabolism, detoxify the body, improve circulation and blood pressure, reduce inflammation, and lower cholesterol levels.
In case you were wondering, drinking fresh orange juice is as beneficial as eating the fruit whole. That is, if it is 100% natural and is not loaded with preservatives, additives, and sugar. The skin and pulp of oranges do have considerable health benefits, but you can get most of the nutrients and beneficial components from orange juice, too.
Avoid frozen orange juice, canned orange juice, or concentrated orange juice, because, with all of the processing, you lose a considerable amount of natural goodness. Plus, oftentimes, manufacturers add chemicals to the juice to also replenish the lost nutritional value.
All the impressive health benefits of orange juice can be attributed to its nutritional content, as well as vitamins and minerals including vitamins A & C, thiamin, potassium, fiber, proteins, copper, magnesium, flavonoids, hesperidins, and also a variety of other trace vitamins and minerals that make it one of the most valuable and nutrient-packed fruits available.
In terms of calories, orange juice has less than 50 calories in a serving of 100ml.
Orange juice helps you feel refreshed and also get your body on track to perfect health! So, go natural and make sure you are getting all of the benefits of this delicious and miraculous fruit juice!
Honey Orange Glazed Florida Grouper
- 3/4 pound Florida grouper fillets
- 1 tablespoon Florida orange juice
- 3/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon Florida honey
- 1/2 teaspoon light soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon orange marmalade
- 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
Preheat broiler. Combine all ingredients except grouper, mixing well. Place fillets on an oiled broiler pan and also brush fillets with honey glaze to cover. Broil 5 to 6 inches from heat for 4 to 5 minutes until browned. Turn fillets; brush with honey glaze and broil additional 5 minutes or until fish flakes easily.
Recipe courtesy of the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services