Orange Juice: Morning Necessity or Empty Calories?

Orange juice was always part of breakfast when we were kids (drink it before you brush your teeth, always), but as we've gotten older, we've stopped buying it. With more than 100 calories in 8 ounces—and we often pour more than that—it seems like a sweet indulgence instead of a healthy drink.

After reading this post, we now know that even cartons that say "squeezed from fresh oranges" are heavily processed. So unless it's freshly squeezed that morning (or part of a special occasion mimosa), we usually skip it. What about you? Is OJ always part of your morning routine? Take our survey after the jump.

We're not trying to be the juice police here, but we have heard of a few parents who have cut juice (even juice boxes) from their kids' diets, citing unnecessary sugar and calories.

Our opinion is simply that we'd rather eat those calories than drink them. OJ is gone in a flash; we'd rather savor an actual piece of fruit or add some more butter to our muffin. On the flip side, many juices now have calcium added in, which can be helpful, and of course there's the quick shot of Vitamin C.

Let us know what you think!

Related: Breakfast Mocktail: Orange and Elderflower Spritzer

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