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Juice Nutrition

Posted Aug 01 2009 10:03pm


Photo: Laurel and Me

We had several amazing people talk to us today in Chicago about Tropicana’s history, the process of making the juice, and their carbon footprint, which I am happy to answer any questions you may have about those topics.  But the one topic of course I am most interested in is the nutrition information of 1 glass of juice. 

Joy Dubost, Ph D., R.D., spoke to us and answered questions.  Here were some highlights.

  • 8 oz glass of juice equals two servings of fruit.
  • Vitamin C important for tissue and red blood cell development, and healthy immune system.  one OJ glass 8 oz provide a full day’s supply.
  • Only half of US adults don’t consume enough Vitamin C
  • Potassium is found in every cell in your body.  OJ 8oz contains as much as a medium banana.  Potassium may reduce risk of high blood pressure and stroke.
  • Folate: B vitamin required for normal cell growht and maintenance.  OJ has 15 % of recommended daily intake.
  • Calcium: 35% and 25% for Vitamin D
  • only 50% of the adult pop consume the recommended amount of calcium needed to maintain good bone health.
  • American Pediatrics Association says 4-6 oz juice can be appropriate in a child’s diet.   Its all part of a balanced diets.

Reasons Juice can be part of a healthy diet

  • Juice can help increase fruit intake
  • Fruit juices are a valuable source of certain vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.  (to help defend against free radicals)
  • Breakfast skipping is associated with other health indicators, and juice is a great part of breakfast.
  • Breakfast eaters tend ot have more success with maintenance of weight loss than skippers. 
  •  Breakfast help build body, nourish brain, jump start your day, manage weight.
  • Americans are short on calcium, potassium, fiber, magnesium, vit A, C, and E.

Trop 50 (Tropicana’s newest product) marries the good things in OJ, with less sugar and calories. 

Although still full from our amazing breakfast, we had lunch! I was not hungry at all.  Seems like in conferences and workshop things you are always eating.  The day goes so fast for me, pair that with sitting all day, and it didn’t seem like time for another meal. 

This afternoon, without 2 hours to burn, I decided to walk around town.  I walked down Michigan Avenue, which must be some sort of shopping district, with these really high end stores.  There was people EVERYWHERE! I saw Street performers like a really flexible guy putting himself in all sorts of contortions.  Then I watched 5 guys play amazing music on 5 gallon buckets they turned upside down. 

Then I found the Hershey store.  I got my kids a little souveneir.  Don’t worry though, I didn’t get chocolate!  I got a Reese’s bat and ball, a Reese’s football, and a Reese’s teddy bear.  My kids will love it.

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