100% orange juice can be a healthy addition to any weight loss or weight maintenance diet. Studies report that children or adults who consume 100% orange juice are no more likely to be overweight or obese compared to those who do not consume orange juice.(O’Neil, O’Neil, Wang) In fact, men and women who consumed 100% orange juice were reported to have a 16% lower risk (27% in women alone) for being overweight or obese compared to adults not consuming orange juice.(O’Neil 2012). Adults who consumed 100% orange juice also tended to have significantly lower body mass index, waist circumferences and body fat percentages as compared to those who don’t drink orange juice.(Wang)
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.(O’Neil 2011, Wang) 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.(AND, Crowe-White) Further, the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans stated that research suggests that fruit juice is not overconsumed among many young children.(USDA/DHHS)
Parents can feel confident about serving their children 100% orange juice. When providing juice for their children, parents should follow the American Academy of Pediatrics’ fruit juice guideline/limit amounts of 4-6 ounces/day for children age 1 to 6 and 8-12 ounces/day for older children.(Daniels)
The fiber and high water content in fresh fruit, including oranges, may help contribute to a feeling of fullness, which could 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.
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