Orange juice is healthier for you if it has been frozen and defrosted, according to research.
Scientists have discovered the body may absorb more of the orange’s antioxidants from defrosted juice than it does from fresh or pasteurised juice, according to Daily Mail.
When orange juice is frozen and thawed out, health-giving elements of the juice are broken down into smaller particles which are easier for the intestines to soak up.
These particles, called carotenoids, are thought to have cancer-fighting properties, can be converted to vitamin A, and have anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits which may help to prevent heart disease.
The research by the University of Seville studied how freezing or pasteurising – sterilising with heat – orange juice affected the antioxidants.
They believe freezing, which is done in the food industry to preserve juice, improves the healthiness of the juice and now hope to test their theory outside of the lab.
‘Despite the fact that the concentration of carotenoids in the deep-frozen juices was less than in the fresh juice, the reduction in the size of the particles and the destruction of the cellular material that these treatments produce mean that the amount of carotenoids that can be absorbed by the intestine is higher,’ said study co-author Paula Mapelli.
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