Moderate consumption of 100% orange juice (OJ) should be encouraged in children due to its multiple health benefits and lack of negative impacts on body weight, numerous studies indicate.
The studies have revealed that children who regularly drink 100% orange juice have higher intakes of key nutrients, higher quality diets, and may have healthier lifestyle habits than children who do not drink OJ. Additionally, recent studies align with past studies which help debunk the myth about 100% orange juice and weight gain. They show that orange juice intake is not associated with weight gain in children.
“Misconceptions about the perceived lack of health benefits of 100% orange juice are unfortunate and could lead kids to potentially miss out on the nutritional benefits that OJ provides,” said Rosa Walsh, director of scientific research at the Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC). “However, study after study confirms that 100% orange juice not only has a place in the diets of children, but it can also serve as an easy way for parents to provide key nutrients without fear of adverse effect on body weight when served in moderation. By sharing the big picture these results show, we can help correct these misconceptions and empower both consumers and health professionals to make diet decisions grounded in scientific evidence.”
A 4-ounce serving of 100% OJ is an excellent source of vitamin C, and …..
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