Panel Discusses OJ and Health Research

Dan Citrus, Orange Juice, Research


The Florida Citrus Commission’s (FCC) Scientific Research Advisory Council (SRAC) on Oct. 13 discussed recent studies and projects addressing the linkage between orange juice (OJ) and health. The FCC governs the Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC), which spends much effort promoting the health benefits of OJ.


Rosa Walsh, director of scientific research at the FDOC, shared three recently published studies. The first two, published over the summer, showed that the hesperidin in OJ is linked to several health benefits. The third, published in October, found potential benefits of OJ in fighting inflammation and oxidative stress in adults. The findings of all three studies will be used to support FDOC marketing messages.


Walsh discussed three projects involving OJ that are underway. These include a study on OJ’s impact on skin health, which is starting clinical trials now. The project, which is being led by researchers at the University of Florida, is expected to be completed in March 2023.

Clinical trials have also begun on a Ryerson University research study on OJ’s impact on glycemia, energy and behavior. This is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2022.

Another current project builds upon an existing …..

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