March is National Nutrition Month, an annual observance that encourages Americans to adopt a healthy eating pattern that includes nutritious and flavorful foods. What started as a week-long event in 1973 by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics became a month-long celebration in 1980, thanks to growing public interest in nutrition. Oranges contribute to your daily nutrition in multitudes of ways. Here is a breakdown of just how important that delicious citrus fruit is!
100% orange juice helps boost intake or absorption of five of the seven nutrients research shows today’s kids are lacking: vitamin B6, folate, calcium (fortified version), magnesium and iron (aids absorption)22 Reported Consumption of Low-Nutrient Density Foods by American Children and Adolescents. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 2003; 157:789-796
The American Academy of Pediatrics makes the following recommendations for daily intake of 100% fruit juice:
- Age 1-6: 4-6 oz. of 100% juice
- Age 7-18: 8-12 oz. of 100% juice
My Pyramid / USDA
One eight-ounce glass of 100% orange juice can provide half of the USDA’s daily fruit recommendations for most adults and also carries a low glycemic index.
The new USDA Dietary Guidelines call out only one beverage as a recommended option to help meet fruit intake recommendations- 100% fruit juice.
While the USDA MyPyramid Plan guidelines recommend that most fruit intake come from whole fruit, orange juice is repeatedly singled out as a beverage that can help meet key nutrient recommendations. Source: www.mypyramid.gov
An eight-ounce glass (1 cup) of 100% orange juice not only helps to meet USDA fruit intake recommendations (1 cup of 100% fruit juice equals 1 cup of fruit) but also is a concentrated source of nutrients.
From providing many of the nutrients needed to help the body fight disease and inflammation to promoting heart and brain health to balanced nutrition, an eight-ounce glass of 100% orange juice can fuel your body with many of the nutrients it needs for a lifetime of health.
Keeping your blood pressure under control is one of the most important ways to prevent heart disease and drinking a glass of orange juice is known to promote heart health.
100% orange juice is a no-sodium, nutrient-rich beverage containing potassium and folate, all of which may help maintain a healthy cardiovascular system.
To help augment your folate intake levels, be sure to include foods and beverages providing a good source of folate, such as 100% orange juice.
100% orange juice contains 69 micrograms of folate, which is 15% of the recommended 400 micrograms of folate women need each day. Since adequate folic acid is essential for women of childbearing age, drinking orange juice can contribute to folate intake, which may help reduce a woman’s risk of having a baby with a neural tube defect.
One of the most powerful antioxidants, vitamin C is also a key to supporting the immune system’s ability to fight colds and flu. Vitamin C helps neutralize free radicals (harmful elements naturally occurring within the body and through environmental factors) to help fight cell and tissue damage that could lead to infections and disease.
100% orange juice contains naturally occurring phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals associated with reduced risks for chronic disease and providing immunity-boosting benefits.
A glass of 100% orange juice contains nutrients that can act as antioxidants, including vitamin C, flavonoids, and carotenoids, which support the body’s ability to fight inflammation.
100% orange juice contains vitamin C, which can help neutralize free radicals that cause cell and tissue damage leading to chronic disease such as cancer.
Orange Juice Health Claims
- 100% Florida orange juice – a naturally nutrient-rich source of vitamins and minerals, as well as beneficial antioxidants. (Feb ’06, GH)
- Simply drinking one 8-ounce glass of 100% orange juice each morning provides the body with flavonoids, folate, vitamins C and B6, potassium and magnesium. (Feb ’06, GH)
- One 8-ounce glass of Florida orange juice counts as almost 25% of your recommended fruit and vegetable servings, based on a 2,000 calorie diet. (Jan ’06, TRG)
- Florida orange juice is loaded with vitamin C, potassium and folate. (Jan ’06, TRG)
- 100% orange juice helps maximize your energy, maintain your well-being, and provides nutrients that may play a role in reducing the risk of certain diseases. (Jan ’06, TRG)
- Adding 8 ounces of orange juice to your daily diet can boost your intake of vitamin C, folate, potassium, and other important nutrients. (Jan ’06, TRG)
- Orange juice- loaded with the nutrients your body needs to stay strong, day in and day out. (Jan ’06, TRG)
- One 8 oz. glass of 100% Florida orange juice is an excellent source of vitamin C. (Dec ’05, Zip)
- One 8 oz. glass of 100% Florida orange juice is cholesterol free. (Dec ’05, Zip)
- One 8 oz. glass of 100% Florida orange juice is a good source of potassium and folate.(Dec ’05, Zip)
- One eight-ounce glass of 100% orange juice is an excellent source of vitamin C, and also delivers potassium, folate, vitamin B6, thiamin, magnesium and calcium (fortified version), along with countless phytochemicals. (Dec ’05, GH)
- A six-ounce glass of 100% orange juice contains 83 calories and is loaded with natural nutrient: % Daily Value: Vitamin C-90%; Folate-11%; Thiamin-8%; Vitamin B6-5%; Magnesium-5%; Calcium Fortified version-22-26% (Dec ’05, GH)
- 100% orange juice contains no added sugar, only the same naturally occurring sweetness found in whole, fresh fruit. (Dec ’05, GH)
- 100% orange juice is the most nutrient-dense fruit juice commonly consumed in the United States1.