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Weight Management and Florida Orange Juice

Impact of Florida Orange Juice on Weight

Florida Orange Juice is a nutrient-dense beverage with no added sugar and can be part of a healthy diet.

Studies report that children or adults who consume 100% orange juice are no more likely to be overweight or obese compared to those who do not consume orange juice.1,2 Observational data also has shown adults who consume 100% orange juice tend to have significantly lower body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, and body fat when compared to those who don’t drink orange juice.3

Move more often, stay hydrated, sleep well and eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and veggies to benefit your overall health and wellness.

Florida Orange Juice has more nutrients per ounce than many commonly consumed fruit juices AND has fewer calories.4,5


Nutrition Research Corner for Health Professionals

100% Orange Juice and Weight in Adults

Clinical studies have reported that 100% orange juice intake had no negative effects on BMI, waist circumference, body weight or body composition in adults (including large amounts of approximately 25 to 33 ounces per day for four to 12 weeks).6-11 In fact, men and women who consumed orange juice were reported to have a lower BMI and were 21 percent less likely to be obese compared to adults not consuming orange juice. 3

A clinical study reported consuming 500 mL of 100% orange juice daily for 3 months did not hinder weight loss compared to a control group of obese adults.12  Also, a cross-over randomized trial reported healthy-weight adults drinking 100% orange juice had increased satiety and a lowered desire to eat compared to water suggesting beverages affect satiety differently.13 

100% Fruit Juice and Weight in Kids

A comprehensive review performed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for their Evidence Analysis Library examined the association between 100 percent fruit juice intake and weight in children and concluded that the evidence does not support an association between 100 percent fruit juice consumption and weight status or adiposity in children ages 2 to 18 years of age.14

Additional reviews showed no association between 100 percent fruit juice and weight, BMI, BMI-z-score, ponderal index, or other measures of adiposity in children, after controlling for total energy intake.15-17 A 2017 study reported 100 percent fruit juice consumed as the dominant beverage by adolescents was associated with lower BMI and significantly predicted lower weight and BMI in females as they aged.18 Displacement of 100 percent fruit juice as the main beverage by other caloric beverages, such as sugar-sweetened beverages, related to higher total caloric intake (poorer diet quality, and lower fruit and nutrient intake) in children and adolescents.19 Furthermore, 100 percent fruit juice consumption is not linked with any clinically significant weight gain in children.17

Portion sizes are always important. The Canadian Pediatric Society recommends a maximum of 4 ounces (1/2 cup or 125 mL) of unsweetened juice a day for children.20

*Values based on a 2000 calorie diet. Nutrient values may vary based on manufacturer, brand and product types.­­


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