The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends that women in their 30s and 40s consume 1.5 cups of fruit daily, and that men of the same age have 2 cups a day; and, more is better. Few Americans achieve these recommended amounts, so finding quick and simple ways to add additional fruit servings has become a paramount nutritional goal. Carol O'Neil, from the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center (Louisiana, USA), and colleagues, examined a nationally representative sample of adults 19 years of age and older. The team found that drinking 100% fruit juice was closely linked to improved nutrient intake. Further, adults who did not drink fruit juice were more likely to fall below recommended levels for several key nutrients, including vitamins A and C and magnesium. Additionally, a greater percentage of those consuming fruit juice exceeded recommended levels for calcium and potassium – two important minerals for promoting bone health and regulating blood pressure. The team comments that: “Drinking 100 percent juice may be one important strategy to provide some of the essential nutrients that are currently under-consumed by Americans. 100 percent fruit juice should be encouraged as part of an overall balanced diet."
Carolyn O'Neil, et al. “Nutrition Makes a Difference: The Many Ways Dietetics Practitioners Improve our World.” American Dietetic Association (ADA) Annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo, November 7, 2010.
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