New Research Suggests Drinking 100 Percent Orange Juice is Linked to Better Overall Diets and a Lower Risk of Obesity Among Adults
|BARTOW, Fla., Dec. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Orange juice may do more for your diet and overall health than you may think, according to results of a recently published study in Nutrition Journal.
Data from this study suggests adults who drink 100 percent orange juice tended to have better overall diet quality, higher intake of key nutrients and less risk of being overweight than adults who don’t drink orange juice.1
As part of the study, researchers analyzed data from the 2003-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and reported that adults age 19 years and older who consumed 100 percent orange juice tended to have significantly better Healthy Eating Index scores (a measure of diet quality that assesses conformance to federal dietary guidance) as well as greater intake of several key nutrients, including vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, folate and vitamin A, than those who didn’t consume 100 percent orange juice.
“A growing body of research has painted a clear picture that enhanced nutrient intake and better diet quality appears to be associated with drinking 100 percent orange juice in adults,” said study co-author Carol E. O’Neil, PhD, MPH, LDN, RD, School of Human Ecology, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center. “Our research helps to demonstrate that drinking 100 percent orange juice is associated with higher intake of four important nutrients: vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and folate, which are generally underconsumed by the U.S. population.”2
One Hundred Percent Orange Juice Consumption also Linked to Lower Body Mass Index (BMI) and Reduced Risk of Obesity
Relation to Dietary Guidelines for Americans
“People can feel good about enjoying one hundred percent orange juice daily because it fits many of the key recommendations outlined in the Dietary Guidelines,” said Gail Rampersaud, MS, RD, LDN, Associate in Nutrition Research and Education, University of Florida. “In addition to helping individuals meet fruit intake recommendations, one serving of 100 percent orange juice is more nutrient dense than many commonly-consumed 100 percent fruit juices, and it’s a good source of potassium and folate, as well as an excellent source of vitamin C, three nutrients that are underconsumed in the United States.”2,4
Editor’s Note: The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) is an ongoing series of surveys, implemented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that are designed to assess the health and nutritional status of children and adults in the United States. The NHANES surveys are conducted and analyzed in a way to be representative of the U.S. population. The analysis published in Nutrition Journal used 2003-2006 data from more than 8,800 adults aged 19 and older.
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1O’Neil CE, Nicklas TA, Rampersaud GC, Fulgoni III VL, 100 percent orange juice consumption is associated with better diet quality, improved nutrient adequacy, decreased risk for obesity, and improved biomarkers of health in adults: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2003-2006. Nutrition Journal. 2012. 11:107 (12 December 2012)
2U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. 7th Edition, Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, December 2010.
3Huang PL. A comprehensive definition for metabolic syndrome. Dis Model Mech. 2009. May-Jun; 2(5-6): 231–237.
4Rampersaud GC. A comparison of nutrient density scores for 100% fruit juices. Journal of Food Science. 2007;72(4):S261-S266.
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