At the March Florida Citrus Commission (FCC) meeting, Gail Rampersaud summarized recently published studies showing that orange juice (OJ) contributes to good health. Rampersaud, a registered dietitian nutritionist, told the FCC, which governs the Florida Department of Citrus, about five ways the studies showed OJ is beneficial:
- Body Weight: Research shows that 100% OJ or fruit juice consumption is not related to or has benefits toward body weight, body mass index, or other anthropometric measures. FDOC-sponsored studies contributed to the overwhelming support that 100% orange juice or fruit juice consumption has no negative effect on body weight in children or adults. (See a related article about this health aspect of OJ here.)
- Cardiovascular Health: Research shows that 100% OJ consumption has been associated with favorable effects on several markers of cardiovascular health, including blood lipids, blood pressure, blood vessel function, and inflammatory and oxidative stress markers. Rampersaud called out a new FDOC-sponsored study and outside studies that continued to support a role for orange juice in cardiovascular health, especially beneficial effects on blood pressure.
- Blood Sugar/Metabolic: Clinical studies across various ethnicities show 100% OJ has no association with fasting glucose, insulin levels, insulin resistance, or other markers for metabolic syndrome. New outside studies were highlighted that continued to support no adverse effects of …..
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