Nutrition

100% orange juice provides a variety of vitamins and minerals and is fat free, saturated fat free, sodium free, cholesterol free and free from added sugars.

Because orange juice is healthy and naturally sweet without any added sugars, it is one of the most popular beverages around. Parents may be concerned that including 100 percent fruit juice in their child’s diet may have negative impacts on body weight. However, the majority of evidence in a comprehensive review of studies regarding 100 percent fruit juice intake and increased weight in children does not support such an association.2 In fact, this review suggests that consuming 100 percent fruit juice in moderate amounts “may be an important strategy to help children meet the current recommendations for fruit.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ guidelines include moderate intakes of 100 percent fruit juice (i.e., 4-6 ounces per day for children age 1-6 years and 8-12 ounces per day for older children3). Fruit juice can help children get the nutrients they need and help meet fruit intake recommendations.

Following are facts about a few of the important nutrients that make orange juice one of the most naturally healthy beverages around:

Vitamin C is one of the most important antioxidants and it helps support a healthy immune system. Vitamin C may help neutralize free radicals that can damage cells and tissues and lead to disease. One 8-ounce glass of 100% Florida orange juice provides at least 100 percent of the Daily Value.

Potassium plays an important role in muscle function and may help reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.  One 8-ounce glass of 100 % orange juice provides 14 percent of the Daily Value for potassium.  

Folate (Folic Acid) is essential for cell division and healthy red blood cells.  Adequate folic acid consumption during a woman’s childbearing years is strongly associated with reducing the risk of having a baby with birth defects of the brain and spinal cord, known as "neural tube defects." Folate may help lower homocysteine levels in the blood that may contribute to inflammation that has been associated with cognitive impairment.  An 8-ounce glass of 100% Florida orange juice provides about 11 percent of the Daily Value for folate. 

Calcium (in fortified orange juice) is a key building block for strong, healthy bones and diets rich in calcium may also help support healthy blood pressure and promote cardio-vascular health. Eight ounces of calcium-fortified orange juice is an excellent non-dairy source of calcium, providing at least 35 percent of the Daily Value.  

Vitamin B6 helps the body process energy from the food we eat and is needed for the production of new cells, including healthy red blood cells. An 8-ounce glass of 100% Florida orange juice provides 7 percent of the Daily Value for vitamin B6. 

Thiamin is associated with the action of many enzyme systems, the conversion of food into energy and the production/repair of DNA. An 8-ounce glass of orange juice provides 18 percent of the Daily Value for thiamin.

2O’Neil CE, Nicklas TA. Am J Lifestyle Med. 2008;2:315-354.

3American Academy of Pediatrics: Committee on Nutrition. Pediatrics. 2001;107:1210-1213.

Typical Nutrition Values for 8 fluid ounces
(1 cup, 240 mL) Orange Juice

 
 
 

Nutrient

Amount

% Daily Value

Serving Size

8 ounces (1 cup)

Calories

110 kcal

Total carbohydrate

25 g

8%

Total sugars

21 g

Total dietary fiber

0.5 g

2%

Protein

2 g

Total fat

0.32 g

0%

Cholesterol

0 mg

0%

Vitamins

 

 

Vitamin C

82 mg

137%

Thiamin

0.28 mg

18%

Folate

45 mcg DFE

11%

Vitamin B6

0.13 mg

7%

Vitamin A

194 IU

4%

Niacin

0.70 mg

3%

Minerals

 

 

Potassium

473 mg

14%

Magnesium

27 mg

7%

Calcium*

25/350-500 mg

3%/35%-50%

Iron

0.42 mg

2%

Sodium

2 mg

0%

 

Source: USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 21. NDB 09209. Accessed 10/21/2008. This NDB was missing a value for sugars, therefore sugars amount taken from NDB 09215 - orange juice, frozen concentrate, unsweetened, diluted with 3 volume water. Calcium amount for calcium-fortified orange juice taken from NDB 09210 - orange juice, chilled, includes from concentrate, fortified with calcium and vitamin D (range from USDA database Releases 20 and 21).

Calculated Daily Value (DV) percentages rounded to nearest whole percent. FDA rounding rules for nutrition labeling not applied when calculating percent DV.

Information is not intended for labeling food in packaged form.

Typical nutritional values shown may vary based on the variety of citrus fruit used for the juice, brand of juice, and form of the juice (i.e., not-from-concentrate versus from concentrate). Refer to the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference at http://www.ars.usda.gov/main/site_main.htm?modecode=12354500 or check with your citrus juice vendor for additional information.

Abbreviations: DFE=dietary folate equivalents; g=grams; IU=International Units; kcal=kilocalories; mcg=micrograms; mg=milligrams.

Footnotes: *Values for non-fortified and calcium-fortified juice, respectively