Weight for It!

In March of this year, a study was released indicating that, due to the high content of flavonoids, drinking orange juice with a high-fat, high-carb meal helped prevent damage linked with cardiovascular issues.  The test subjects were given a typical fast-food breakfast and then split into three groups of drinkers – (not from concentrate) orange juice, water and a sugary glucose drink (I’m thinking something like the lovely orange soda they force down the throats of pregnant women to check for gestational diabetes). 

My scientific question is:  If I go to a Mexican restraunt and eat chips, queso and ooey-gooey-cheesey enchiladas will my margarita help prevent the damage that leads to cardivascular events?

Talk about real-world application!

From Science Daily:

“Eating foods containing flavonoids — orange juice, in this case — along with a high-fat, high-carbohydrate fast-food meal neutralizes the oxidative and inflammatory stress generated by the unhealthy food and helps prevent blood vessel damage, a new study by University at Buffalo endocrinologists shows….This did not happen when participants drank water or a sugary drink with the meal,” he says. “These issues of inflammation following a meal are important because the resultant high glucose and high triglycerides are known to be related to the development of cardiovascular events.”  Click here for the full article.

350/365 When life gives you oranges...
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