One cup of 100% orange juice counts as a serving of fruit.1
Drinking 100% orange juice can be a way to help achieve the recommended amount of fruit needed each day for optimal health. For example, a person on a 2,000-calorie diet should consume two cups of fruit each day.1
100% Orange Juice is a Nutrient Dense Beverage
100% orange juice contributes many important and beneficial vitamins, minerals, and bioactive plant compounds to the diet. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggests 100 percent fruit juice should be one of the primary beverages consumed, along with water and low-fat and fat-free milk.1
100% Orange Juice Supports Healthy Eating
Research shows that people who drink 100% orange juice may have higher intakes of whole and total fruit, vitamins and minerals, and higher diet quality compared to non-consumers,2-5,10 suggesting that 100% orange juice is an important complement to whole fruit in a healthy diet.
100% Orange Juice has Beneficial Plant Compounds
100% orange juice, like all citrus fruit, has many plant compounds linked to health benefits, including carotenoids like beta-carotene (colorful plant pigments) and many flavonoids. The amount of phytonutrients can vary dramatically depending on cultivar, growing conditions, and other factors. Orange juice can sometimes have higher amounts of these beneficial bioactive compounds compared to whole fruit6 and may also be more absorbable from the digestive tract.7
Americans on average fall short of meeting their daily fruit intake recommendations.1 A glass of 100% OJ can help!
Detailed Nutrition Information
Drinking Juice is Linked to Eating More Fruit
Numerous studies in both adults and children report that compared to non-consumers, orange juice consumption is related to higher intake of whole fruit.2-5 These findings were reflected in a study with obese children (9 to 13 years old) consuming 100 percent mandarin juice for four weeks who maintained higher fruit and vegetable consumption post-study than the control group.8 This study suggests 100 percent citrus juice may encourage higher intake of fruits and vegetables in children during an age in which intake generally plummets.
Drinking 100% Orange Juice is Linked to Higher Diet Quality
Many studies in both adults and children report that 100% orange juice consumption is associated with higher diet quality and increased levels of key nutrients, including many which are under-consumed like potassium.2-5 Furthermore,a systematic review reported 100 percent fruit juice consumption by children was related to higher intakes of vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, fiber (likely due to higher quality diet and whole fruit intake) and (marginally higher) intakes of iron.9
Research supports 100% orange juice can be part of a healthy diet by supplying key nutrients and supporting total fruit intake.
*Values based on a 2000 calorie diet. FDA rounding rules applied when calculating percent DV based upon 2018 rules. Information is not intended for labeling food in packaged form. USDA SR28 database entries for 90206 and 09209 were used for calculating RDI.
- USDA/DHHS. 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/
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- Crowe-White et al. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2016;56(5):871-884.
- Rampersaud & Valim. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2017;51(1):129-140 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=10.1080%2F10408398.2013.862611