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Fact Check: Busting Myths About Florida Orange Juice 

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Recent research shows that 100% orange juice is a nutrient-dense beverage and has a place within a healthy diet. But how do we combat common myths and misconceptions associated with 100% fruit juices?  

With the help of nutrition professionals, 100% orange juice can be recognized as an important part of the daily diet and recommended as a beverage choice to help families reach their nutritional goals. Read on to learn the facts about The Original Wellness Drink. 

Woman drinking orange juice

Myth: 100% OJ has too much sugar to be healthy 

Truth: 100% OJ has no added sugar. Its sweet taste comes from the natural sugars found in whole fruit. 

Drinking 100% OJ is linked to a higher intake of key nutrients, healthier diets, and no negative impacts on body weight. 

Orange Juice in carafe

Myth: 100% OJ has no place in a healthy diet 

Truth: 100% OJ is the total package: nutrient-dense and associated with diet, nutrition, and health benefits. 

One 8-ounce serving is an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of potassium, folate, and thiamin. 

woman drinking orange juice on the beach

Myth: 100% OJ is old school 

Truth: Emerging research links hesperidin, a bioactive found almost exclusively in citrus, to an array of health benefits.  

Hesperidin has been linked to positive impacts on cardiovascular health, cognitive function, immune system function, inflammation/ oxidative stress and more.    

Man and woman drinking orange juice

Myth: 100% OJ isn’t as healthy as an orange 

Truth: Except for fiber, the nutritional value of 100% OJ is very similar to an orange. 100% OJ is not a replacement for whole fruit, but rather a compliment.  

Its advantages include longer shelf life, and year-round availability, making it a convenient way for families to get key nutrients needed in their daily lives. 

About the Florida Department of Citrus

The Florida Department of Citrus is an executive agency of the Florida government charged with the marketing, research, and regulation of the Florida citrus industry. Its activities are funded by a tax paid by growers on each box of citrus that moves through commercial channels. The industry employs more than 33,000 people, provides an annual economic impact of $6.9 billion to the state, and contributes hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues that help support Florida’s schools, roads, and health care services. For more information about the Florida Department of Citrus, please visit Who We Are.