Most people love orange juice because of its uniquely delicious flavor—but that’s not the only reason to include more citrus in your life! Drinking orange juice is a great way to help meet your daily fruit needs. Citrus also contains a variety of important vitamins and nutrients that help support good health including:
- Vitamin C. When you drink orange juice, you give your body an assortment of nutrients, including vitamin C or ascorbic acid. This vitamin helps contribute to overall health in a variety of ways. Vitamin C may help support a healthy immune system to help the body’s natural ability to fight infection. It also is needed to form collagen–a protein that gives structure to bones, cartilage, muscles and blood vessels. Vitamin C also helps regulate the absorption, transport and storage of some forms of iron.
- Potassium. An 8-ounce serving of orange juice is a good source of potassium, which may help support healthy blood pressure and reduce bone loss. Diets rich in potassium and low in sodium may help reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. Many foods found in today’s diets contain too much sodium and do not provide enough potassium. This may lead to an increased risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke.
- Fiber. Fresh citrus fruits are known for providing both soluble and insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber is important for maintaining digestive health. Soluble fiber may help support healthy cholesterol levels. Fiber is important for overall health and is identified as one of four nutrients of public health concern in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
These are elements that citrus fruits do have, but it’s also important to consider what they don’t have: fat, cholesterol, or sodium. The superior nutrient profile of orange juice makes it a healthier choice compared to drinks that are not 100% juice and have added sugars, artificial ingredients, and few beneficial nutrients.
You can learn more about the nutritional value of citrus and food by checking out the Nutrition Facts label. Give Florida Citrus a call today at (863) 578-4057 or visit us online.