Woman with Jus Florida grapefruit, grapefruit juice and orange juice are a great-tasting, natural and powerful way to improve your overall health and supply your body with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Florida citrus both in fruit and juice form are fat-free, sodium-free, cholesterol-free and contain only natural sugars, making them a guilt-free choice as part of any meal or snack.

Just one serving of Florida grapefruit, grapefruit juice or orange juice is jam-packed with the following nutrients:

Vitamin C
One whole Florida grapefruit, which is the equivalent of 2 servings, or one 250 mL glass of 100% pure Florida orange juice or grapefruit juice contains more than a full day’s supply of vitamin C. Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants.  It can fight cell and tissue damage by neutralizing free radicals which can lead to the development of diseases including cancer and heart disease. The antioxidants found in Vitamin C also help the body fight infection.

Potassium

Grapefruit, grapefruit juice and orange juice contribute potassium to the diet. A healthy diet containing foods low in sodium and high in potassium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure, a risk factor for stroke and heart disease.  

Folate
Orange juice, grapefruit juice and grapefruit all contain folate, which is essential for growth and development. Folate helps in the production of red blood cells and synthesis of DNA. Diets with adequate folate may reduce a woman’s risk of having a child with a spinal cord or brain defect.

Fibre
Fresh grapefruit provides part of your daily dose of recommended fibre. Half a medium grapefruit is a simple and healthy way to get fibre into your diet. Diets rich in fibre help with digestion and the soluble fibre found in grapefruit can help support healthy cholesterol levels. Maintaining a diet high in fibre may also help reduce your risk of colorectal cancer.

Calcium
Calcium-fortified orange juice is an effective lactose-free method of getting some of your daily calcium requirements. Calcium aids in the growth and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth and may help regulate blood pressure and muscle function. Look for calcium-fortified 100% pure Florida orange juice next time you’re at the grocery store.

Magnesium
Florida grapefruit, grapefruit juice and orange juice contain magnesium, which helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also promotes normal blood pressure and has a role in energy metabolism and protein synthesis.

Vitamin B6
Grapefruit, grapefruit juice and orange juice contain vitamin B6. Your body draws on Vitamin B6 to make and use protein and glycogen, which is the stored energy in your muscles and liver. It also helps produce heme, a key component of hemoglobin, which is a part of red blood cells that carries oxygen to all parts of the body.

Arotenoids
Pink and red grapefruits and grapefruit juice contain beta-carotene, a carotenoid that can be converted to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is essential for healthy vision, growth and immune function.  Carotenoids give fruits and vegetables some of their unique and vibrant colour and may also act as powerful antioxidants helping to neutralize free radicals that can damage cells, DNA and proteins. Next time you’re at the grocery store, be sure to add a rainbow of vibrant-coloured fruits and vegetables to your cart.

Phytonutrients
Grapefruit, grapefruit juice and orange juice naturally contain phytonutrients, which function as antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that support a healthy immune system. These naturally occurring compounds may help the body’s natural ability to support good health throughout life. Choose power-packed juices such as 100% orange juice and grapefruit juice to take advantage of these nutrients.

Lycopene
Pink and red grapefruit and grapefruit juice contain lycopene. Some studies report that higher intakes of carotenes such as lycopene may have health benefits.

Beta-carotene
Pink and red grapefruits contain beta-carotene, a carotenoid that can be converted to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A
helps maintain normal vision and keeps your skin and eyes and immune system healthy. It also promotes normal growth and development.


Canada’s Food Guide suggests consuming the following amount of fruits and vegetables each day:

CHILDREN
Age 2-3: 4 servings
Age 4-8: 5 servings
Age 9-13: 6 servings

TEENAGERS
Women Age 19-50: 7-8 servings
Men Age 19-50: 8-10 servings

ADULTS
Women 18+: 7-8 servings
Womrn 51+: 7 servings
Men 18+: 8-10 servings
Men 51+: 7 servings

According to Canada’s Food Guide, half a grapefruit is considered one daily serving of fruit and 250 mL of juice is two daily servings of fruit.

TIP: Canada’s Food Guide recommends choosing colourful fruits such as oranges and grapefruit.

TIP: When drinking juice pick 100% fruit juice over fruit cocktails, punches or aids.

Incorporating citrus into your diet