This talks about how different drinks affect our bodies at a chemical level.

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Have you ever wondered if what you were drinking was good for you? Well, I spent a great deal of time pondering over it. Hopefully the research that I've done will help you make healthier decisions on what you drink. I did my research on five different types of drinks. They are: Coca-Cola soda, Tropicana Orange Juice, Water, Milk, and Gatorade.

I will begin my report by discussing the nutritional facts of Tropicana Orange Juice. The makers of Tropicana state that Tropicana "provides a full day's supply of vitamin C, is a good source of folate, is naturally fat, cholesterol, and sodium free, and is also a food source of potassium." They also say that their orange juice meets the American Heart Association's food criteria for saturated fat and cholesterol for healthy people over the age of two. Tropicana orange juice is believed to promote health thanks to the vast array of natural components that it contains.

The components are phyto-nutrients. These come from plants (phyto) and nourish the body (nutrient). They are believed to promote health by protecting our cells. They have a wide range of power effects on the body and are more and more being studied in the scientific community. Some of the phyto-nutrients that orange juice contains are called flavonoids. These are natural antioxidants and are said to help support a healthy vascular system and immune system. "Orange juice provides a more absorbable type of calcium than other calcium supplements," say the makers of Tropicana, "it also helps build stronger bones in children and adolescents and helps maintain bone mass in adult women." "Tropicana Pure Premium® Double Vitamin C with Vitamin E has 240% of the daily value of vitamin C. It is also an excellent source of Vitamin E. The combination of...