Have You Had Your OJ Today?

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New research on the favorite morning beverage demonstrated
that 100% orange juice can have many more benefits than you may have thought. A
recent
study
completed by the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (NHANES) demonstrated that 100%
orange juice can be linked to important roles in your diet. The study concluded
that adults and children who consume orange juice:have a better overall diet quality and higher intake of key
nutrients and show lower body mass index (BMI) measures.

Co-authors of the study stated that the survey showed clear
results that better diets were linked to orange juice consumption.
Additionally, there was a higher intake of important nutrients including
Vitamin C, Folate, Magnesium, and Potassium. I found this point to be
especially interesting and important because these are some vitamins that can
be generally under-consumed, but provide a great deal of benefits. While
several benefits of Vitamin C include improved absorption of iron and serving
as an antioxidant, Potassium is an important vitamin for balancing electrolytes,
maintaining body fluids, and as part of the bodies energy process. On the
second half of the study, the linkage to lower BMI measurements is especially
important with the increasing rates of overweight and obesity. In conjunction
with the Dietary Guidelines for American 2010, typically people tend to believe
that fruit juice is not associated with body weight, but these results craft
perspective.

The data from this study was collected from 2003-2006, but
most recently discussed at an Experimental
Biology Conference
this April. In addition to the two main benefits,
several other benefits of drinking one hundred percent orange juice were
justified at the event including reduced risk of certain cancers, less sugar
consumption in children compared to those who drink soft drinks and flavored
milk, and increased cardiovascular benefits (with no negative impact on weight)
in men. The next time you’re in the grocery store, don’t forget to check out the
juice aisle!

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