Oh well....750ml (3cups) of OJ a day adds up to the following (taken from the nutritional facts panel on the juice carton:
330% of RDA vitamin C
75 grams sugars
Frankly, I don't know anyone who drinks that much orange juice. I can stomach maybe a glass a week, if that. I suppose someone desperate enough might want to experiment with it to see if it really works. 'Never mind the potential effects of all that extra sugar, potassium and vitamin C over a longer period of time. Nothing was mentioned about that in the study. I guess one would have to watch one's daily potassium intake from other sources and not mind the extra calories too much.
Your report was a bit confusing. Were the claims for that small study based on STEROL/STANOL fortified juice.
As mentioned in the post, they were two different studies. The smaller one with awesome (????) results had only 25 participants. Regular orange juice was used.
The second study, which was a larger one, used sterol - fortified orange juice. I too don't believe that plain OJ can cause such a reduction/increase in
bad/good cholesterol. If it could, surely everyone would be drinking it by the gallon? I wonder who financed these studies.....the OJ manufacturers?
And if you add to the fact that a decent study has half as controls on placebo that would mean about 13 people drinking the juice.
I guess it would be EXCEEDINGLY difficult to devise a convincing placebo for OJ.
Yeah, I would be embarassed to pen my name to any study's conclusions with 25 participants...however if Minute Maid or Tropicana kicked in a few $$$grand$$$...hmmm.
I think that the reason the orange juice drinking is causing a stir is because of the Vitamin C and other minerals it contains. It has been proven, in men and women, that when they took 1,000 mgs. of Vitamin C daily for eight months most had an 7% increase in their HDL's (good cholesterol).
So, unless you're diabetic or have a sensitive tummy, I say drink up !
A thousand milligrams of Vitamin C is about 20 glassfuls of orange juice...and more than 2,000 calories.
I think you'd soon be dead from acidosis trying that.
I've never seen that HDL lowering claim from any reputable studies. (Claims from the wacky Linus Pauling Institute don't count because they think Vitamin C megadosing cures all known diseases including cancer and AIDS.)
Framingham study found over half a century of study that saturated fats promoted atherogenesis. Saturated fat = Butterfat.
Though the Dairy COuncil might LIKE to blame margerine for all the heart aiments on Earth, butter still remains a food to eat very sparingly. Yes, trans fats are bad for our hearts...and saturated fat is bad for our hearts.