Whether you are trying to lose weight or maintain your current weight, citrus fruit and juices are healthy and nutrient-rich additions to any weight loss or weight maintenance diet.

  • The fiber and high water content in fresh fruit may help keep you feeling full for longer, which may help support weight loss or maintenance.  
  • Research suggests that children or adults who consume 100 percent fruit juice, including 100 percent orange juice, are no more likely to be overweight or obese compared to those who do not consume fruit juice.1-6 
  • In one study, adults who consumed 100 percent orange juice were reported to have a 16 percent lower risk (27 percent in women) for being overweight or obese compared to adults not consuming orange juice.7 Results of another NHANES study suggest that adults who consume 100 percent orange juice also tend to have significantly lower body mass index, waist circumferences and body fat percentages as compared to those who don’t drink orange juice.8 
  • Importantly, children who consumed 100 percent orange juice were no more likely to be overweight or obese than those that do not consume 100 percent orange juice.9 
  • The Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee concluded that “When consumed in moderation as part of a nutrient rich, energy-balanced diet, 100 percent juice can be a healthy part of a child’s diet.”10
  • Studies in adults and children suggest that eating breakfast on a regular basis may be beneficial toward  managing a healthy weight.11  Orange juice is a nutrient-rich addition to a healthy breakfast.

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  10. USDA. Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. Page D1-24. http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/DGAs2010-DGACReport.htm.
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