| Orange juice is the most nutrient-packed fruit juice -- a nutrition powerhouse in a glass! One eight-ounce serving provides 110 calories and contains all the vitamin C you need in a day. It''s also a good source of potassium, folate and thiamin. And there''s more -- vitamin B6, niacin, riboflavin and magnesium. Plus, not from- concentrate orange juice is sodium-free while from-concentrate orange juice is very low in sodium with only 15 milligrams per serving. |
Phytonutrients are receiving increased attention because of their powerful and wide-ranging health effects on the body. Scientists believe these plant-derived components may promote health by protecting our cells. Orange juice naturally contains more than 60 phytonutrients Many of them are known as flavonoids. Research has shown that flavonoids are natural antioxidants and may help support a healthy cardiovascular system and immune system. Focus on Heart Health Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease by:
A recent study has produced promising results for improving HDL-cholesterol (good cholesterol). Men and women with high blood cholesterol levels drank 1, 2, and 3 cups of not-from- concentrate orange juice daily for a total of 12 weeks. At the end of the 12-week period, there was a 21% increase in HDL cholesterol with no changes to LDL (bad) cholesterol. The ratio of good/bad cholesterol improved by 16%, although there was a moderate increase in triglycerides.
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The evidence is so strong that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration allows this health claim to appear on foods that are good sources of potassium:
"Diets containing foods that are good sources of potassium and low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke."
Potassium is found in a wide range of foods, especially fruits, many vegetables, and some dairy products. Examples include potatoes, bananas, citrus fruit and juices, tomatoes, and milk. The recommended daily intake for potassium is 3,500 milligrams. This is also the Daily Value used on food labels in the Nutrition Facts panel. Surprisingly, over 80% of Americans do not consume the recommended amount of potassium each day.
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Boost your intake of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables
As a daily guideline, the Food Guide Pyramid recommends three to five servings of vegetables and two to four servings of fruit, along with a variety of foods.
Here are some easy ways to enjoy more fruits and vegetables:
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This fact sheet is sponsored by Tropicana Products, Inc. The contents have been reviewed by the American Dietetic Association''s Fact Sheet Review Board. The appearance of this information does not constitute an endorsement by ADA of the sponsor''s products or services. This fact sheet was prepared for the general public. Questions regarding its content and use should be directed to a dietetics professional. This fact sheet expires 10/1/2005.