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Have You Had Your OJ Today?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sarah Sceery
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Photo: Courtesy of Paul

New research on the favorite morning beverage demonstrated that 100% orange juice can have many more benefits than you may have thought. A recent study completed by the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (NHANES) demonstrated that 100% orange juice can be linked to important roles in your diet. The study concluded that adults and children who consume orange juice:have a better overall diet quality and higher intake of key nutrients and show lower body mass index (BMI) measures.

Co-authors of the study stated that the survey showed clear results that better diets were linked to orange juice consumption. Additionally, there was a higher intake of important nutrients including Vitamin C, Folate, Magnesium, and Potassium. I found this point to be especially interesting and important because these are some vitamins that can be generally under-consumed, but provide a great deal of benefits. While several benefits of Vitamin C include improved absorption of iron and serving as an antioxidant, Potassium is an important vitamin for balancing electrolytes, maintaining body fluids, and as part of the bodies energy process. On the second half of the study, the linkage to lower BMI measurements is especially important with the increasing rates of overweight and obesity. In conjunction with the Dietary Guidelines for American 2010, typically people tend to believe that fruit juice is not associated with body weight, but these results craft perspective.

The data from this study was collected from 2003-2006, but most recently discussed at an Experimental Biology Conference this April. In addition to the two main benefits, several other benefits of drinking one hundred percent orange juice were justified at the event including reduced risk of certain cancers, less sugar consumption in children compared to those who drink soft drinks and flavored milk, and increased cardiovascular benefits (with no negative impact on weight) in men. The next time you’re in the grocery store, don’t forget to check out the juice aisle!

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