Nutrient Rich

One 8-ounce glass of Florida Orange Juice provides well over 100 percent of the recommended Daily Value for vitamin C, and is a good source of potassium, folate, and thiamin. Vitamin C may have antioxidant activity and is needed to form collagen, which forms the basis of skin, bones, and tissue. 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 is the only fruit juice or commonly consumed food that contains a significant amount of the flavonoid, hesperidin, a bioactive polyphenolic compound that may have beneficial effects on human health. Emerging research suggests that hesperidin may help maintain healthy blood pressure and blood vessel function4 and the intake of total flavonoids has been associated with better mental and physical health in women as they age.5

Weight Management

One 8-ounce serving of orange juice is fat-free and, at 110 calories per 8-ounce glass, has fewer calories and higher nutrient density than most other commonly consumed 100% fruit juices.6 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, 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% orange juice are no more likely to be overweight or obese compared to those who do not consume orange juice.1, 2, 7
  • 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.1 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.7
  • 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.2, 7
  • 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.8 Further, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee report stated that research suggests that fruit juice is not overconsumed among many young children.9
  • Some studies in adults and children suggest that eating breakfast on a regular basis may be beneficial toward managing a healthy weight.10 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 Florida Orange Juice may support healthy blood cholesterol levels, blood pressure and blood vessel function, 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 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 saturated and trans fat, sodium, and cholesterol.
  • 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,11 blood pressure and blood vessel function,4 as well as some inflammatory and oxidative stress markers,13, 14 and these effects may help reduce the risk of development and progression of cardiovascular disease. Some of these benefits are believed to be at least partially attributable to the flavonoid hesperidin, found in oranges and orange juice.4

Immune System Support

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

Bone Health

Florida Orange Juice has a unique blend of components that 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 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.

Cognitive Function

Citrus juices, like 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 or help maintain blood flow which could have positive effects on cognition.
  • A clinical study investigated whether the daily intake of flavanone-rich orange juice was beneficial to cognitive function in healthy older adults and reported that compared to the control drink, adults who consumed 100% orange juice scored better on some cognitive function tests and the benefits appeared to persist over time.15
  • Don’t forget about breakfast! Some studies associate regular breakfast consumption with positive effects on nutrient intake, weight management, and cognitive function.10

Fruit Intake

Florida Orange Juice counts as a fruit choice to help meet fruit intake recommendations.6,17 Americans, especially children and adolescents, fall well short of meeting fruit intake recommendations.9, 18 Remember to make half your plate fruits and vegetables.

Skin Health

Vitamin C found in 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 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.16

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.19
  • A study of almost 44,000 African American women reported no association between orange/grapefruit juice intake and diabetes incidence.20
  • A study of a large cohort of women (Nurses’ Health Study) reported no association between fruit juice consumption and risk for diabetes.21
  • Clinical studies report no association between 100% orange juice intake and markers of glucose or insulin metabolism.4, 19
  • A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials concluded that fruit juice intake had no significant effect on fasting glucose and insulin in adults.
  • 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.

Additional Resources

A review and critical analysis of the scientific literature related to 100% fruit juice and human health. Adv Nutr. 2015;6(1):37-51. Abstract.

100% citrus juice: nutritional contribution, dietary benefits, and association with anthropometric measures. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2017;57(1):129-140. Abstract.

100% fruit juice: perspectives amid the sugar debate. Public Health Nutrition. 2016;19(5):906-913. . Abstract.

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