100% orange juice is a nutrient-dense beverage which can be a healthy addition to any diet. 100% orange juice contains no added sugars, making it a healthy replacement of sugar-sweetened beverages. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recognizes that 100% fruit juice, along with water and low/fat-free milk, should be the primary beverages of choice to maintain a healthy diet.1
100% Orange Juice and Weight
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.2,3 Observational data also has shown adults who consume 100% orange juice tend to have significantly lower body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, and body fat when compared to those who don’t drink orange juice.4 Furthermore, numerous clinical studies have reported no negative effects on BMI, waist circumference, body composition, or weight with consumption of 100% orange juice.5-10
100% Fruit Juice and Weight
Multiple systematic reviews and research studies have concluded that there is no association between 100% fruit juice and indicators of weight management issues in children when considering total caloric intake.11-15
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100% Orange Juice and Weight in Adults
Clinical studies have reported that 100% orange juice intake had no negative effects on BMI, waist circumference, body weight or body composition in adults (including large amounts of approximately 25 to 33 oz/d for 4 to 12 weeks).5-10 In fact, men and women who consumed orange juice were reported to have a lower BMI and were 21 percent less likely to be obese compared to adults not consuming orange juice.4
100% Fruit Juice and Weight in Kids
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 to 18 years of age.12
Additional reviews showed no association between 100% fruit juice and weight, BMI, BMI-z-score, ponderal index, or other measures of adiposity in children, after controlling for total energy intake.11,13,14 Furthermore, 100% fruit juice consumption is not linked with any clinically significant weight gain in children.14
The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans states that research suggests that fruit juice is not over consumed among many young children.1 Because there are “no significant independent effects of 100% juice on weight status apart from energy intake,”4 it is important to be mindful of portion sizes. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a maximum of 4 to 6 ounces per day for children 1 to 7 years of age, and 8 ounces per day for older children and adults.17
*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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