Researchers at the University of Buffalo recently found t
hat drinking orange juice with high-fat, high-carb fare can actually reduce some of the damage that meal would do to your body. The antioxidants in a glass of OJ won't mitigate any weight gain (sadly), but they do appear to reduce inflammatory stress, which in turn can lead to a "cardiac event."
a researcher at the University of Buffalo and lead author on the study, had already pinned down
in previous research the fact that high-fat, high-carb food causes inflammatory, cardiovascular damage to the body. That, frankly, wasn't much of an attention-getter. But this recent study is more surprising.
Ghanim and the other researchers split their test subjects -- thirty healthy adults between ages 20 and 40 -- into three groups, and then had each group enjoy a fast-food breakfast (think egg-and-sausage breakfast sandwich with hash browns). Ten subjects drank water with their meal, the next ten drank orange juice, and the rest drank a glucose drink. (To keep things on an even playing field, the glucose drink and the orange juice both had the same amount of calories.) Test subjects' blood was sampled directly before the meals and three separate times afterward, and the results were stark: the water and glucose-drink groups showed significantly higher oxidative stress numbers than orange juice group's numbers.