100% Florida Orange Juice is a naturally nutrient-rich beverage that offers many health benefits.
It’s Nutrient Rich. Florida Orange Juice contains no added sugars and provides many key nutrients such as vitamin C, potassium, folate, thiamin, magnesium, and vitamin B6. Fortified orange juice is a source of calcium and can serve as a lactose-free alternative to dairy foods and beverages. Many calcium-fortified juices also contain vitamin D. In addition, orange juice provides plant nutrients that have been linked to several health benefits.
One 8-ounce glass of Florida Orange Juice provides at least 100 percent of the recommended Daily Value for vitamin C, and is a good source of potassium, folate, and thiamin. Orange juice has a unique combination of a variety of nutrients to help contribute to overall health when included as part of a well-balanced diet. Consumption of 100% orange juice has been associated with a greater likelihood that adults and children meet intake recommendations for certain key nutrients.1-3
100% orange juice goes beyond vitamins and minerals to provide valuable plant nutrients that may have significant and beneficial effects on human health. Emerging research suggests that hesperidin, a plant nutrient found in oranges and orange juice, may help maintain healthy blood pressure and blood vessel function4 and the intake of plant nutrients has been associated with better mental and physical health in women as they age.5
It Counts Toward Fruit Intake. According to the Dietary Guidelines, Florida Orange Juice counts as a fruit choice and is a convenient and nutritious complement to whole fruit to help meet fruit intake recommendations. Remember to make half your plate fruits and vegetables. Learn more here.
The majority of Americans fall short of meeting daily fruit intake recommendations.6,7 Florida Orange Juice is a convenient way to help complement whole fruit intake. In fact, children and adults who consume orange juice are more likely to have higher intakes of whole fruit and total fruit compared to individuals who don’t consume OJ.1,2
It Fits into A Healthy Lifestyle. Orange Juice has fewer calories and higher nutrient density than many commonly consumed fruit juices.8 The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend 100% fruit juice as one of the primary beverages to consume (along with water and low-fat or fat-free milk). Orange juice contains no added sugars and is a healthful replacement for beverages that contain added sugars. Orange juice can be a nutritious addition to a weight loss or weight maintenance diet plan and lifestyle.
Whether you are trying to lose weight or maintain your current weight, Florida Orange Juice can be a healthy addition to any weight loss or weight maintenance diet. The consumption of orange juice or 100% juice is not associated with overweight or obesity in children or adults.1,2,9 Therefore, Florida orange juice can be a healthful addition to children’s diets. Be sure to follow the American Academy of Pediatrics’ guideline/limits for 100% fruit juice which recommends limiting juice intake to 4-6 ounces per day for children age 1 to 6 years and 8-12 ounces per day for older children and adolescents.10
It’s Part of a Healthy Breakfast. Florida orange juice is a nutrient-rich addition to a healthy breakfast. Be sure to choose a variety of foods for breakfast such as lean protein sources, fruit, dairy, and vegetables when possible.
Some studies in adults and children suggest that eating breakfast on a regular basis may be beneficial toward getting the nutrients you need on a daily basis, managing a healthy weight, and may also have benefits toward cognitive and school performance in children.11
It is Linked to Several Health Benefits.
Heart Health. Research suggests that orange juice may support healthy blood cholesterol levels,12,13 blood pressure and blood vessel function,4 as well as beneficially impact inflammatory and oxidative stress markers associated with the development and progression of cardiovascular disease.14,15
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 Florida Orange Juice as part of your lifelong healthy diet and lifestyle. Florida Orange Juice has a number of heart-healthy qualities – orange juice is free of added sugars, saturated and trans fat, sodium, and cholesterol.
Cognitive Function. The plant nutrients in Florida Orange Juice may help support brain and cognitive health.
Plant nutrients found in citrus, particularly the flavonoids hesperidin in oranges and naringin in grapefruit, may help maintain cell health in brain tissue by reducing inflammation or maintaining blood flow which could have positive effects on cognition. In one study the daily intake of orange juice was beneficial to some cognitive functions in healthy older adults.17
Immune System. 8 ounces of Florida Orange Juice is an excellent source of vitamin C, a nutrient that helps support the immune system.
The immune system is complex and requires a wide variety of nutrients to function at full capacity. Including nutrient-rich Florida orange juice as part of an overall healthy diet and lifestyle can help support your immune system not only during cold and flu season, but all year long.
Iron Absorption. The vitamin C found in Florida Orange Juice may help enhance the absorption of plant-based (non-heme) forms of iron. Learn more here.
Citrus foods like Florida Orange Juice are high in vitamin C, which may help aid the absorption of non-heme iron, which is the form of iron found in plant foods like spinach (not meat products). Vitamin C-rich foods should be consumed daily to help get the most iron from foods.7
Bone Health. Florida Orange Juice has a unique blend of nutrients and other components that may have beneficial effects on bone health. An 8-ounce serving of calcium-fortified orange juice is an excellent non-dairy, lactose free source of calcium. Many calcium-fortified citrus juices also include vitamin D, a key vitamin that also helps support bone health. Learn more here.
Eight ounces of 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. If unregulated, higher levels of acidity could lead to loss of calcium from bone.
Skin Health. Vitamin C helps support collagen production, which is associated with the maintenance of healthy skin, gums, and other tissue. Collagen breakdown in the skin may lead to the appearance of premature aging. Eight ounces of Florida Orange Juice is an excellent source of vitamin C.
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