Antioxidants

One 8-ounce glass of orange juice provides well over 100% of the recommended Daily Value for vitamin C. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant. Antioxidants may help neutralize free radicals formed as part of the body’s natural oxidation processes. Many scientists believe the long term presence of excessive free radicals may damage cells and tissues which may contribute to the development of certain chronic diseases.

Weight Management

One 8-ounce serving of orange juice is fat-free and, at 110 calories per 8-ounce glass, has fewer calories than some other commonly consumed 100% fruit juices.1 100% Florida Orange Juice is a healthful and nutrient-rich replacement in the diet for many foods and beverages containing added sugars. Whether you are trying to lose weight or maintain your current weight, 100% Florida Orange Juice can be a healthy addition to any weight loss or weight maintenance diet.

  • Research suggests that children or adults who consume 100 percent fruit juice, including 100% Florida Orange Juice, are no more likely to be overweight or obese compared to those who do not consume fruit juice.1-6
  • In one study, adults who consumed 100% orange juice were reported to have a 16 percent lower risk (27 percent in women) for being overweight or obese compared to adults not consuming orange juice.7 Results of another NHANES study suggest that adults who consume 100% orange juice also tend to have significantly lower body mass index, waist circumferences and body fat percentages as compared to those who don’t drink orange juice.8
  • Importantly, children who consumed 100% orange juice were no more likely to be overweight or obese than those that do not consume 100% orange juice.9
  • A comprehensive review performed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for their Evidence Analysis Library examined the association between 100% fruit juice intake and weight in children and concluded that the evidence does not support an association between 100% fruit juice consumption and weight status or adiposity in children ages 2-18 years of age (ADD REF EAL 2014).
  • The Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee concluded that “When consumed in moderation as part of a nutrient rich, energy-balanced diet, 100% juice can be a healthy part of a child’s diet.”10
  • Studies in adults and children suggest that eating breakfast on a regular basis may be beneficial toward managing a healthy weight.11 100% Florida Orange Juice is a nutrient-rich addition to a healthy breakfast.
  • The fiber and high water content in fresh fruit, including Florida Oranges, may help keep you feeling full for longer, which may help support weight loss or maintenance. 100% orange juices that have pulp provide some amount of dietary fiber, particularly in the form of soluble fiber.

Heart Health

Research suggests that the consumption of 100% Florida Orange Juice may support healthy blood cholesterol levels, blood pressure and blood vessel function,4 as well as positively impact inflammatory and oxidative stress markers that are associated with the development and progression of cardiovascular disease.

  • Heart disease is the number one cause of death for men and women in the United States and worldwide. Help support your heart health by including 100% Florida Orange Juice as part of your lifelong healthy diet and lifestyle.
  • 100% Florida Orange Juice has a number of heart-healthy qualities – orange juice is free of saturated and trans fat, sodium, and cholesterol.
  • 100% Florida Orange Juice also delivers nutrients that have been associated with heart health indicators including vitamin C, folate, and potassium, as well as the phytonutrient hesperidin, found in oranges, and carried over from the whole fruit to the juice.
  • Research reports that orange juice consumption has been associated with favorable effects on serum cholesterol,1,2 blood pressure and blood vessel function,3 as well as inflammatory and oxidative stress markers and these effects may help reduce the risk of development and progression of cardiovascular disease.4-6 Some of these benefits are believed to be at least partially attributable to the flavonoid hesperidin, found in oranges and orange juice.3 Continue reading here for more information.

Immune System Support

An 8-ounce glass of 100% Florida Orange Juice provides vitamin C, plus other nutrients and phytochemicals that may help support a healthy immune system.

Bone Health

Citrus juices have a unique blend of components that emerging research suggests may have beneficial effects on bone health from childhood through advancing age.

  • An 8-ounce serving of calcium-fortified orange juice can be considered an excellent non-dairy, lactose free source of calcium, a mineral important for bone health. Many calcium-fortified citrus juices also include vitamin D, a key vitamin that helps support bone health.
  • An 8-ounce serving of 100% Florida Orange Juice is a good source of potassium and contains organic acids like citrate. The combination of these compounds may help your body regulate acidity. Unregulated, higher levels of acidity could lead to loss of calcium from bone.
  • Research suggests that the polyphenolic compounds found in citrus, such as hesperidin in 100% Florida Orange Juice and naringin in 100% Grapefruit Juice, may help support bone health through beneficial effects on bone quality and metabolism.1,2

Cognitive Function

Citrus juices, like 100% Florida Orange Juice, may help support brain and cognitive health.

  • Phytochemicals found in citrus, particularly the flavonoids hesperidin in oranges and naringin in grapefruit, may help maintain cell health in brain tissue. These flavonoids are able to cross the blood-brain barrier, which the body uses to protect the brain from harmful or damaging agents.  Research suggests that these flavonoids may help reduce inflammation which could have positive effects on cognition.
  • Don’t forget about breakfast! Some studies associate regular breakfast consumption with positive effects on nutrient intake, weight management, and cognitive function.1

Fruit Intake

100% Florida Orange Juice counts as a fruit choice to help meet fruit intake recommendations.8 Americans, especially children and adolescents, fall well short of meeting fruit intake recommendations.9-11 Remember to make half your plate fruits and vegetables.

Skin Health

Vitamin C found in 100% Florida Orange Juice can help support collagen production, which is associated with the maintenance of healthy skin and gums. Collagen breakdown in the skin may lead to the appearance of premature aging.

Vitamin Absorption

Citrus foods like 100% Florida Orange Juice are high in vitamin C, which may help aid the absorption of non-heme iron (the iron found in plants like spinach, not meat products). Vitamin C-rich foods should be consumed daily to help get the most iron from foods.8

Diabetes / Metabolic Syndrome

Diabetes is a disease that results from the body’s inability to produce or use insulin. Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors that include central (waist) obesity, elevated triglycerides and fasting blood glucose, elevated blood pressure, and low HDL cholesterol. Several of these factors occurring together may increase the risk for conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease or stroke.

  • Preliminary data from a clinical study reported that young and middle-aged overweight women who consumed about 8 ounces of 100% orange juice daily for 12 weeks demonstrated no adverse effects on measures of insulin sensitivity, body composition, or other indices of the metabolic syndrome (ADD REF Simpson et al. 2012).
  • Two studies specifically evaluated the role of citrus juice with regard to diabetes risk or markers of this disease and found no association. A study of almost 44,000 African American women reported no association between orange/grapefruit juice intake and diabetes incidence.1 A small clinical trial that included 30 subjects who drank three 8-ounce servings of orange juice daily for 60 days reported significant declines in markers of insulin resistance,2 suggesting that the inclusion of orange juice in the diet may be beneficial with respect to insulin resistance, which could lower the overall risk for diabetes.
  • A study of a large cohort of women (Nurses’ Health Study) reported no association between fruit juice consumption and risk for diabetes.3 There are further studies that support no association between orange juice or 100 percent fruit juice intake and risk of diabetes or surrogate markers relating to oxidative stress or inflammation, glucose metabolism, insulin resistance, or diabetes.4-6
  • A study using NHANES 1999-2004 data reported no association between the consumption of 100 percent fruit juice and risk for obesity or metabolic syndrome, both of which are primary risk factors for diabetes.7
  • A meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies concluded that the intake of 100% fruit juice was not associated with the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in adults (ADD REF Xi et al. 2014).

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