Uncle Matt's Organic http://www.unclematts.com Organic Juices and Beverages | Love at First Sip Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:21:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.3 http://www.unclematts.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/cropped-umo-logo-on-wood-e1511126022201-32x32.png Uncle Matt's Organic http://www.unclematts.com 32 32 Feeling tired? Forget coffee, have a glass of orange juice! http://www.unclematts.com/feeling-tired-forget-coffee-have-a-glass-of-orange-juice/ Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:21:43 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3267 more]]> Feeling tired and groggy? Don’t automatically go make a pot of coffee. Instead, reach for a glass of organic orange juice! Recent research has found that orange juice boosts alertness, concentration and reaction times. Even better, the effects last for hours post consumption, especially with those who have juice with breakfast rather than mid-afternoon.

Researchers at Reading University put 24 men through a battery of mental tests on two different days. The results? On one of the days, the men consumed orange juice before being put through their paces. On the other day, a flavored sugary water was provided that looked and tasted similar to orange juice.

When the subjects drank the real orange juice, they performed better on tests of speed and attention. They also felt alert six hours later, the European Journal of Nutrition reports.

It’s believed through research that the effects are due to flavonoids, which are health boosting plant chemicals found in a variety of fruits and veggies, including citrus fruit and orange juice. These improve blood flow to the brain and ease the passage of information between cells. Previous research has concluded that orange juice is good for the brain but those studies were evaluating prolonged use. This particular latest research found that just 240ml a day — a small glass — is beneficial.

We’ll say cheers to that!

 

Source: Daily Mail

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The Hesperidin in Florida Orange Juice has Surprising Health Benefits http://www.unclematts.com/the-hesperidin-in-florida-orange-juice-has-surprising-health-benefits/ Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:55:06 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3263 more]]> Vitamin C isn’t the only reason you should reach for a glass of 100% Orange Juice. Citrus fruits, including orange juice, contain potent antioxidant-like compounds called bioflavonoids and one in particular has many health benefits. While you may be familiar with resveratrol, found in red wine, or catechin, a component of green tea, a related plant compound called hesperidin is lesser known.

What is Hesperidin?

Hesperidin is a bioflavonoid, a type of plant compound with antioxidant properties that may play a role in fighting inflammation, maintaining good blood sugar levels, and supporting brain and heart health. Hesperidin is found almost exclusively in citrus fruits, and it is particularly high in oranges and 100% orange juice.

Most of the hesperidin is found in the peel and membranes of the orange. When oranges are pressed to make 100% orange juice, the hesperidin is extracted from the peel, pulp, and membranes. This helps to make 100% orange juice one of the best food sources of hesperidin.

Benefits of Hesperidin

Many of the health benefits from hesperidin come from its positive effects on decreasing inflammation and supporting blood vessel health. Hesperidin appears to act in conjunction with the nutrients found in citrus fruits to neutralize free radicals and lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes, improve your circulation, and protect your brain function as you age.

  1. Improved Heart Health. Hesperidin supports a healthy heart by helping to vasodilate (7,10) or relax, your blood vessels which may lead to lower blood pressure. Hesperidin also has been shown to positively support endothelial cells that line blood vessels, which also may reduce the risk of heart disease(7,10) Research has shown higher consumption of hesperidin and other bioflavonoids found in citrus to be related to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. (5,6,8)
  2. Brain Protection. Hesperidin is able to cross the blood-brain barrier and may help reduce inflammation, promote blood flow in the brain, and maintain brain cell health, all of which may have positive effects on cognition. Hesperidin has been shown to have several brain benefits (1) including maintaining mental alertness, supporting executive function skills such as memory and attention, and aiding psycho-motor skills like movement and coordination.
  3. Blood Sugar Control. Hesperidin may play a role in maintaining blood sugar control (4,9) and reducing insulin resistance. Intake of hesperidin and other bioflavonoids in citrus is also linked to lower risk of type 2 diabetes. (11,12)

How to Get Hesperidin in Your Diet

It is rare to find hesperidin in any other food besides citrus. 100% OJ is a great way to get hesperidin in your diet as it is the only fruit juice and the only commonly-consumed food (3) that contains a significant amount of hesperidin.

Source: Florida Dept of Citrus

Studies Cited:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26280945
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15465737
  3. Bhagwat S, Haytowitz D. USDA Database for the Flavonoid Content of Selected Foods Release 3.2. In. Beltsville, MD: Unites States Department of Agriculture; 2015.
  4. Haidari et al. J Am Coll Nutr. Hesperidin supplementation modulates inflammatory responses following myocardial infarction. 2015; 34 (3):205-11. doi: 10.1080/07315724.2014.891269.
  5. Knekt et al. Am J Clin Nutr. Flavonoid intake and risk of chronic diseases. 2002; 76 (3):560-568.
  6. Mink et al. Am J Clin Nutr. Flavonoid intake and cardiovascular disease mortality: a prospective study in postmenopausal women. 2007; 85 (3):895-909.
  7. Morand et al. Am J Clin Nutr. 2011;93(1):73-80.
  8. Ponzo et al.  J Transl Med. Dietary flavonoid intake and cardiovascular risk: a population-based cohort study. 2015; 13 (1):218. doi: 10.1186/s12967-015-0573-2.
  9. Rangel-Huerta et al.  J Nutr. Normal or High Polyphenol Concentration in Orange Juice Affects Antioxidant Activity, Blood Pressure, and Body Weight in Obese or Overweight Adults. 2015; 145 (8):1808-16. doi: 10.3945/jn.115.213660.
  10. Rendeiro et al. Br J Nutr. 2017;116(12):1999-2010
  11. Sun et al. J Nutr. Urinary Excretion of Select Dietary Polyphenol Metabolites Is Associated with a Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes in Proximate but Not Remote Follow-Up in a Prospective Investigation in 2 Cohorts of US Women.2015; 145 (6):1280-8. doi: 10.3945/jn.114.208736.
  12. Tresserra-Rimbau et al. J Nutr. Intake of Total Polyphenols and Some Classes of Polyphenols Is Inversely Associated with Diabetes in Elderly People at High Cardiovascular Disease Risk. 2016; 146 (4):767-777. doi: 10.3945/jn.115.223610.
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Organic Orange Dessert Bars http://www.unclematts.com/organic-orange-dessert-bars/ Tue, 22 May 2018 19:30:05 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3232 more]]> These bars are very similar to the infamous lemon bars, only made with Uncle Matt’s Organic Orange Juice!

Ingredients:

Crust:

1 cup organic unsalted butter

2 cups all purpose organic flour

1/2 cup granulated organic cane sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

Filling:

1/2 cup Uncle Matt’s Organic Orange Juice

1 teaspoon orange zest

1 1/2 cups granulated organic sugar

1/4 cup all purpose organic flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

4 large organic eggs

Powdered sugar, for dusting

 

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9×13” pan with foil or parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray (preferably organic).
  2. Beat butter with a hand or a stand mixer until creamy, then add the flour, sugar, and salt and beat until a dough forms. (If you’re using a hand mixer it will take extra time.) Press the crust into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 18 minutes.
  3. A few minutes before the crust comes out of the oven, prepare the filling. Place all filling ingredients into a blender jar and blend until smooth, a few seconds to almost a minute, depending on your blender.
  4. Carefully pour filling over evenly over hot crust. Return to oven and bake until the top is no longer jiggly, about 20-23 minutes. Cool completely before dusting with powdered sugar and slicing into bars.

Recipe inspired by original from CrazyforCrust.com

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OJ Cookie Balls http://www.unclematts.com/oj-cookie-balls/ Tue, 15 May 2018 20:00:52 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3229 more]]>
 
Ingredients
  • 1 12 oz box organic vanilla wafer cookies, crushed
  • 3/4 cup organic powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup organic walnut pieces or any other chopped nut
  • 3/4 cup shredded organic coconut
  • 1/2 cup Uncle Matt’s Organic Pulp Free Orange Juice
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients, mixing well until evenly coated.
  2. Roll into 1 inch balls with your hands and place on a wax paper lined baking sheet.
  3. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
  4. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated.
  5. These will freeze well.

Original recipe inspired by: Nicole Burkholder, Simple & Seasonal

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Thai Salad with Orange Peanut Dressing http://www.unclematts.com/thai-salad-with-orange-peanut-dressing/ Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:42:23 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3225 more]]>
Looking for a great recipe that has an Asian flare without being over the top? This recipe for Thai Salad with Orange Peanut Dressing — featuring Uncle Matt’s Organic OJ — fits the bill. With crunchy greens and veggies and a smooth and zingy dressing with healthy fats, this is quick recipe you’ll be turning to again and again.
Dressing Ingredients

1/2 cup Uncle Matt’s Organic orange juice
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons organic peanut butter
2 tablespoons organic raw cashew butter or almond butter
1 teaspoon liquid aminos or reduced sodium soy sauce
1 small piece fresh ginger, peeled
1/4 clove garlic

Salad Ingredients

1 lb boneless skilled chicken breasts, grilled and sliced
1 large head organic romaine lettuce, chopped up
3 medium organic carrots, peeled and chopped
1 large organic red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 cup shelled edamame (optional)
2/3 cup cashews, roughly chopped
1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped finely

Directions

Blend all dressing ingredients in a high-powered blender until smooth. Add all salad ingredients to a large salad bowl, pour dressing over and toss to evenly coat. Serve immediately.

 Source: Whole Foods

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Starting Your Day With Orange Juice May Be Really Good For You, According To Science http://www.unclematts.com/starting-your-day-with-orange-juice-may-be-really-good-for-you-according-to-science-study/ Tue, 03 Apr 2018 14:26:48 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3220 more]]> Drinking orange juice could help improve brain function in elderly people, according to new research from the University of Reading.

The study saw a group of 37 healthy adults (mean age 67 years) consuming 500ml (just under a pint) of orange juice, daily over an eight week period. At the beginning and end of the eight weeks their memory, reaction time and verbal fluency was measured. These were then combined into one overall score known as ‘global cognitive function’.

The adults showed an 8% overall improvement in global cognitive function after orange juice consumption compared to a control drink (matched for taste and calories) given during a different eight week period. Although subtle, these improvements are significant.

One of the tests of verbal memory required learning a list of words which are then recalled immediately and after a 30 minute delay. An 8% improvement equates to remembering one more word from a shopping list of 15 items. Small improvements such as this over an eight week period could translate into substantial improvements over the lifespan.

While the researchers are not recommending that people drink 500ml of orange juice every day, they believe these findings show that the constituents of orange juice could play an important role in providing brain-boosting nutrients as part of a healthy, balanced diet. They also wish to reinforce the importance of being aware of the nutritional content of fresh fruit juice drinks, relative to daily recommended intake of sugar.

Dr Daniel Lamport, from the University’s School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences and co-author of the study, said: “The population is ageing rapidly across the world. Estimates suggest that the number of persons aged 60 or over could triple by 2100. It’s therefore imperative that we explore simple, cost-effective ways to improve cognitive function in old age.”

Orange juice is a major source of a group of naturally occurring plant phytochemicals known as flavonoids, being particularly rich in a sub-class of flavonoids, known as flavanones. Recent studies from the School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy have shown that flavonoids may improve memory through the activation of signalling pathways in the hippocampus, a part of the brain that is associated with learning and memory.

This study is thought to be one of the first to show that regularly consuming orange juice flavanones could have a positive effect on older people’s cognition.

Dr Lamport continued: “Small, easily administered changes to the daily diet, such as eating more flavonoid-rich fruits and vegetables, have the potential to substantially benefit brain health. We know that people find it difficult to sustain big changes to their diet but simple alterations are much easier to maintain permanently.

“More research on the positive effects of flavonoids on cognition is still needed. However, this is an important discovery which strengthens the growing body of evidence that flavonoid rich foodstuffs could play a big role in tackling cognition decline in old age.”

Previous Reading research has shown that other flavonoid rich foods such as blueberries are beneficial for cognition. Research is still ongoing to determine the exact mechanisms by which flavonoids may exert benefits to the brain. Several mechanisms have been proposed such as improved blood flow in the brain and protecting neurons against oxidative damage and increasing the efficiency with which neurons transmit signals.

Chronic consumption of flavanone-rich orange juice is associated with cognitive benefits: an 8-wk, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in healthy older adults 1-3 was published in the March issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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New study shows vitamin C in orange juice cuts risk of hip fractures http://www.unclematts.com/orange-juice-cuts-risk-of-hip-fractures/ Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:04:01 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3207 more]]> In order to have stronger, healthier bones, all you need to do is to drink orange juice daily. According to a report by The Daily Mail, a new study suggests that increasing your intake of vitamin C can reduce the risk of hip fractures.

Researchers from Zhengzhou University in China carried out a meta-analysis to assess the association of dietary consumption of vitamin C and the risk of hip fracture. In the study, they analyzed data from a total of six previous studies on vitamin C and fracture risk, with more than 10,000 study participants in all. For this study, they observed the vitamin C intake of 2,899 patients with hip fracture. Then, they compared the results with 7,908 healthy volunteers of a similar age. The meta-analysis on vitamin C and its effect on bones revealed that vitamin C consumption, whether by eating foods rich in vitamin C or drinking their juice, make bones stronger and prevents fractures.

The findings of the study revealed that the risk of a hip fracture can be reduced by five percent for every 50 milligrams intake of vitamin C per day, which is equal to nearly one medium-sized orange or one-fourth of a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. This means that one eight-ounce glass of orange juice could possibly lower the risk by 20 percent, while two glasses could reduce the risk by 40 percent. The researchers concluded that increasing the amount of vitamin C in your diet can reduce the risk of hip fracture. To strengthen bones, vitamin C works by triggering cells known as osteoblasts to become mature bone cells.

“Our results strongly support the idea that increasing dietary vitamin C can decrease the risk of hip fracture,” the researchers wrote.

The study was published in the journal Osteoporosis International.

 

Vitamin C and its functions

Vitamin C is essential for the growth and repair of tissues in every part of the body. It is used to form a key protein that makes skin, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. It is also used to heal wounds and form scar tissue, repair and maintain cartilage, bones, and teeth, and help in the absorption of iron. The recommended vitamin C intake for male adults is 90 milligrams per day, while female adults need 75 milligrams of vitamin C a day. Aside from orange and orange juice, other citrus fruits, tomatoes and tomato juice, and potatoes are major sources of vitamin C to the American diet.

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Honey Orange Chicken http://www.unclematts.com/honey-orange-chicken/ Mon, 26 Feb 2018 16:45:19 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3191 more]]> Your new favorite weeknight recipe is here, and good news! You can whip this one up in a flash. With just four ingredients including Uncle Matt’s Organic Orange Juice, you’ll have a healthy family dinner on the table in no time. Pair with your favorite roasted veggies and a baked sweet potato for a complete, healthy meal!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Uncle Matt’s Organic Orange Juice
1/4 cup honey
1-oz package Simply Organic Italian Dressing Mix
1 lbs boneless skinless organic chicken breasts and/or organic boneless chicken thighs

Instructions:

Whisk together orange juice, honey and Italian dressing mix. Pour over chicken and refrigerate for an hour.
Remove chicken from marinade and grill 12 to 15 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

Garnish with rosemary and grilled citrus slices, if desired.

Serves 4.

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Orange Turmeric Popsicles http://www.unclematts.com/orange-turmeric-popsicles/ Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:41:05 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3156 more]]> Got a craving for something sweet and refreshing? Perfect for any time of season, these Orange Turmeric Popsicles are a kid favorite and an easy way to get more Vitamin C, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory turmeric and potassium into your kid’s diet. Plus, grown-ups like ’em too!

What you’ll need to for this recipe: Popsicle molds, popsicle sticks

Ingredients:

1 cup organic pineapple chunks, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup Uncle Matt’s Organic orange juice or Uncle Matt’s Organic Orange Turmeric with Probiotics
1 – 1 1/2 inch fresh organic ginger root, skin removed
1 tsp organic ground organic turmeric

Directions:

In high speed blender, mix pineapple, Uncle Matt’s Organic orange juice, ginger & turmeric till smooth. Pour evenly into molds, insert sticks & freeze till firm.

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New study suggests grapefruit juice may help control weight gain http://www.unclematts.com/new-study-suggests-grapefruit-juice-may-help-control-weight-gain/ Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:10:57 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3175 more]]> Researchers found mice fed a high-fat diet gained 18 percent less weight when they drank grapefruit juice

BARTOW, Fla. – As the Florida Grapefruit season ramps up, there may be yet another reason to add the fruit to your grocery list.

A new study, yet to be replicated in humans, suggests drinking a glass of 100% grapefruit juice may help control weight gain and lower blood sugar levels.

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley found that mice fed a high-fat diet gained 18 percent less weight when they drank grapefruit juice compared to mice that drank water. The grapefruit juice-drinking mice also had a 13 to 17 percent decrease in blood sugar levels and increased insulin sensitivity.

While the findings are positive, researchers want to further study the exact cause behind them.

Previous research identified naringin, a bioactive compound in grapefruit juice, as a key agent in weight loss. However, a group of mice who received naringin had lower blood sugar levels than the control group but had no difference in weight, suggesting another component of grapefruit juice is also beneficial.

And drinking a glass of grapefruit juice may be as beneficial as taking blood sugar-lowering drugs often prescribed for those with type 2 diabetes, the study shows.

“The grapefruit juice lowered blood glucose to the same degree as metformin,” said Joseph Napoli, one of the UC Berkeley researchers who conducted the study, in a University press release. “That means a natural fruit drink lowered glucose levels as effectively as a prescription drug.”

Released on Oct. 8, the study was funded by the California Grapefruit Growers Cooperative. Researchers emphasized the organization had no control or influence over the study or its findings.

The study used slightly sweetened pulp-free grapefruit juice diluted with water. The researchers also added artificial sweeteners to the control group’s water so it would match the calorie content and sweetness of the grapefruit juice.

The mice were fed either a high-fat or low-fat diet for 100 days and their metabolic health was monitored throughout.

The study did not find as big an impact on mice that ate a low-fat diet, though those that drank grapefruit juice had increased insulin sensitivity. Low insulin sensitivity is associated with type 2 diabetes.

“While we’ve long known grapefruit can be part of a healthy diet, the positive findings of this study are encouraging,” said Doug Ackerman, executive director of the Florida Department of Citrus. “We look forward to seeing the results of further research on the health benefits of grapefruit involving human subjects.”

Fresh Florida Grapefruit season typically begins in October and runs through June.

Source: Florida Dept of Citrus

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