Fruit Intake and Diet Quality

One hundred percent orange juice counts as a fruit choice to help meet fruit intake recommendations.(Government of Canada. What is a Food Guide Serving?. July 5, 2017. Available at: On average, Canadians fall well short of meeting daily fruit intake recommendations. Orange juice is a convenient way to help complement the intake of whole fruit to enhance total fruit intake.

Eating well with Canada’s Food Guide recommends that whole fruits and vegetables be consumed more often than juice. Data from NHANES report that, on average, whole fruit contributes 65% of total fruit intake and 100% juice contributes 35%,(Drewnowski) which falls well within recommendations. Cross-sectional research shows that children, adolescents, and adults who consume 100% orange juice have higher intakes of whole and total fruit compared to non-consumers, suggesting that orange juice is a complement to, and not a competitor with, whole fruit in the diet.(O’Neil, O’Neil) these studies also reported that compared to non-consumers, orange juice consumption was associated with higher intakes of key nutrients such as vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium, and also better diet quality based on the Healthy Eating Index.


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