Hydrate with Florida OJ this fall

Fall is well underway!

To stay adequately hydrated this football season, the Institute of Medicine recommends that women consume 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) and men consume 3 liters (about 13 cups) of water obtained from beverages every day.

Although consuming drinking water is the best way to stay hydrated, did you know that orange juice can also help keep you hydrated?

Orange juice contains a significant amount of water—almost 90 percent by weight. Every 8-ounce glass also has the added bonus of naturally providing a host of vitamins and minerals needed for good health, including the Amazing 5—vitamin C, potassium, folate, great taste and no added sugar.

You also get water from some foods, including fresh citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruit and tangerines. Along with vitamins and minerals, fresh citrus fruit additionally provides fiber.

Adding citrus fruits and juices to your diet can help keep you hydrated throughout the fall season and any time of the year.

About Gail Rampersaud, MS, RDN, LDN

Gail Rampersaud’s position includes developing nutrition education materials for the Florida Department of Citrus, University of Florida, community, and other state agencies. Her interests include the health benefits of citrus, the health benefits of the vitamin folate, nutrient density, children’s health and nutrition issues, and the health benefits of breakfast.

Rampersaud has a master’s degree in nutrition and dietetics from the University of Florida. She is a registered dietitian nutritionist and member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

She has served as the lead or co-author on peer-reviewed articles relating to the benefits of the vitamin folate, beverage consumption in children and adolescents, nutrient density of 100 percent fruit juices, and two comprehensive review articles concerning the health benefits of breakfast for children and adolescents. She has made numerous presentations to consumer and health professional groups, including the American Society for Nutrition, National PTA, American Dietetic Association and Florida Dietetic Association.