orange juice

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Description
Orange juice is a fruit juice obtained by squeezing, pressing or otherwise crushing the interior of an orange. Orange juice is a nutrition powerhouse with naturally occurring vitamins and minerals and many antioxidants.

How to Select
All types of juice can be found in health food and grocery stores. Look for fresh juices with pulp in the refrigerated section. Some producers add citric acid or ascorbic acid to juice beyond what is naturally found in the orange. Some also fortify the orange juice with nutrients such as calcium and Vitamin D. Reduced-acid varieties of orange juice are also marketed. Hence, choose accordingly from the variety.

Culinary Uses
· Orange juice is a quick and healthy beverage.
· Use fruit juice as the base for fat-free salad dressing and marinades.
· Orange Juice can be added to make meringue pie, baked goods, and cakes.
· Whipped orange butter, made from orange juice is mild and is wonderful served as a spread for quick bread, muffins, waffles, or pancakes.
· Orange juice can be brushed on various foods to enhance flavor during or after cooking.
· Oranges and orange juice are often used in sauces and glazes.
· They can be added to everything from appetizers to desserts, marmalade etc.
· Orange juice is one of the most important ingredients (and the most important fruit juice) to have when making cocktails.
· Orange juice makes a tasty addition to breads and cakes.
· Try to get it into your system: squeeze those wonder-fruits yourself everyday. Freshly squeezed juices are best. Magical characteristics are ascribed to freshly squeezed juice. Avoid drinking fruit juice from a can or glassing bottle because when the bottle or can is closed the juice is heated and gets an acid structure. Juice from cartons, cans and glass bottles has been pasteurized. This means the juice has been heated (cooked) to kill all the germs. The heating of food changes the enzymes of the food so it looses (some of) its nutritious value. This means you can't substitute freshly squeezed juice by juice from cartons.
· Orange juice can be squeezed over a fruit salad to keep other fruits from browning.
· Orange blossom is a mouth watering beverage, orange juice when blended with Vanilla ice cream, tastes delightful.
· Apart from sweet dishes, orange juice works well in savoury dishes

How to Store
Fresh-squeezed orange juice is a refreshing treat, but should be discarded after 48 hours in the refrigerator. Fresh-squeezed orange juice can be frozen as ice cubes or used in smoothies or other drinks. Canned and bottled juice or juice in aseptic cartons can be stored, unopened, in a cool, dark cupboard for up to three months. After opening, keep juices in tightly closed containers in the refrigerator. Pour servings and immediately refrigerate the closed container after every use. Use within the expiry date printed.

Health Benefits
· Start Your Day with a Boost of Antioxidants. It's an excellent source of essential antioxidants (vitamin C and E) and selenium to help protect against free radicals to promote healthy cells and tissues.
· Orange Juice gives you essential nutrients needed to help maintain your body's first line of defense - a healthy immune system.
· It's naturally fat free, cholesterol free and sodium free.
· Get your kids' day off to a great start with the natural taste and nutrition of Orange Juice. It has essential vitamins and minerals to support their growing bodies.
· Flavonoids and carotenoids, phytonutrients are plant-derived components that are naturally occurring in orange juice. Phytonutrients are rapidly gaining support as research uncovers more of their health promoting benefits.
· Orange juice is most ideal liquid food in fevers, typhoid, and tuberculosis. It gives energy, promotes body resistance against infections.
· Orange juice sweetened with honey, is safe and highly beneficial for Cardiac Patients.
· Orange Juice is considered as an excellent food for infants who are not fed on breast milk. It prevents scurvy, rickets and helps growth.




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