For some time now there have been reports that juice is linked to child obesity, and what once was a staple of a healthy breakfast has now been considered an unhealthy choice for your kids. This has been reflected in the consistent dropping of sales in orange juice over the years, but for those of you who are concerned about this link to child obesity, feel good in knowing with recent studies that this argument has been put to rest. Any excessive ingesting of a product that has high amounts of sugar is unhealthy, but with one serving a day, it’s considered good for your health and not attributed to weight gain. The information below explains the studies and how these conclusions have been determined.
There has been a release of a University of Washington study that found moderate consumption of 100 percent fruit juices by children does not lead to weight gain, as reported in a March 23 story in the Independent Record, a newspaper in Helena, Montana. “We’ve been saying all along that one serving of 100 percent Florida orange juice per day should be a healthy part of a child’s diet,” said Michael Sparks, CEO of Florida Citrus Mutual in Lakeland.
Once seen as nutritious, Orange Juice and other 100 percent juices have come under assault by some pediatricians and public-health officials because of their sugar content. They argue it contributes to childhood obesity in particular and the general rise in obesity in the U.S. However, more research is providing information that says orange juice and 100 percent juices when drank in moderation are good for your children.
“Based on the current evidence, we didn’t find that consuming one serving (of 100 percent fruit juice) a day contributes to weight gain in children,” said Brandon Auerbach, acting instructor of medicine at the Seattle-based university, in the Record story.
Price is also a major influence in OJ purchasing and consumption, Florida citrus industry economists have said. In the past, a 1 percent increase in OJ’s average price led almost exactly to a 1 percent decline in sales while a 1 percent price decline led to a similar sales rise. But that relationship hasn’t held for several years, as the current report shows. The sales drop has exceeded the average price increase, suggesting other market factors involved.
The sales decline came on an average 2.8 percent hike in the average price of all 100 percent OJ products for the season, which began in October, through March 18. The Citrus Department predicts the 2017-18 season will end with an overall 7.2 percent decline in OJ sales. If that proves accurate, it would be the 15th season out of the past 16 to show an overall sales decline.
That would be hard to forget if you’re a Florida orange grower or regular OJ consumer, according to a recent study from the University of Reading in Great Britain. That’s the additional amount of information 37 test subjects could recall after drinking 500 milliliters (almost 17 ounces) of 100 percent orange juice daily for eight weeks, according to the Reading study as reported on iol.com, a consortium of leading South African newspapers.
The study tested the subjects for their ability to recall memorized words quickly after the eight weeks of drinking orange juice and then compared the results to a same period drinking “orange squash,” a syrupy beverage used for mixed drinks. The researchers think that the flavonoids, or natural plant chemicals, in OJ increase blood flow to the brain, which, they said, “improves connections between brain cells and aids memory,” according to the iol.com report.