The flavonoid hesperidin is highly concentrated in citrus and rarely found in other foods, making orange juice a unique source of this flavonoid.14
Citrus variety, fruit maturity, post-harvest processing techniques, storage conditions, and the location within the fruit (e.g. peels are richer than pulp) affect levels of flavonoids in orange juice.Thus, the amount of flavonoids in a food can vary widely.Orange juice has been reported to contain between 30mg14 and 130mg15 of hesperidin on average in an 8-ounce serving.
The higher pressures used to squeeze oranges during commercial processing of 100% orange juice can dramatically increase the amount of hesperidin and other beneficial phytonutrients released from the peels of the orange.16 Furthermore, 100% orange juice has been shown to have higher available amounts of beneficial flavonoids than whole oranges, homogenized whole oranges,or fresh pressed orange juice.17,18
Get the highest amount of hesperidin from your diet by drinking Florida Orange Juice.
Carotenoids are yellow, orange and red pigments found in abundance in citrus and include:
Carotenoids behave as antioxidants, help our cells communicate with each other, support our immune system, and some studies show they contain properties that protect against certain types of cancer.19 Thousands of studies provide evidence of health benefits attributed to carotenoids including:
Within citrus are many carotenoids including beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin which can form vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is necessary for normal eyesight, reproduction, growth and development, cell health, gene expression, and immune function.28 Oranges and 100% orange juice are one of the main contributors of beta-cryptoxanthin in the U.S. diet.29
The amount of carotenoids in food can vary widely depending on citrus variety, growing conditions, fruit maturity, processing, storage, and multiple other factors. Eight ounces of 100% orange juice has been reported on average to contain at least:30
Commercial orange juice has been shown to have higher release and increased absorbable amounts of carotenoids than whole oranges, homogenized orange fruit, or fresh pressed OJ.17,18 Therefore, consuming 100% orange juice is a great way to access these bioavailable phytonutrients.*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. Nutrient values may vary based on brand or product types.