AN ORANGE A DAY?
Oranges Prominently Featured in New Dietary Guidelines for Americans
January 17, 2005
Sherman Oaks, CA, January 17, 2005 – The newly-released Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that fruits and vegetables take priority over all other food groups, encouraging 5-13 servings per day. Oranges are prominently featured as a healthy fruit choice that supports three important areas: nutrient consumption, weight management and disease protection.
CONSUME ADEQUATE NUTRIENTS WITHIN CALORIE NEEDS
• As indicated in the new guidelines, oranges are a naturally nutrient-dense fruit that can help Americans meet their nutrient needs while staying within their calorie needs. The cover of the guidelines features a woman handing an orange to a child, an example of a good snack to help children meet nutritional needs and maintain a healthy body weight.
• The guidelines note that neither adults nor children consume adequate amounts of fiber, potassium and vitamin C. Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber, and also supply potassium.
• Women who might become pregnant are encouraged to consume foods with folate to reduce the risk of certain birth defects. One medium-sized orange is a good source of folate, providing 15 percent of the Recommended Daily Value.
• Because whole fruits provide nutrients that fruit juices do not—such as fiber—the guidelines suggest consumption of whole fruit rather than juice, and oranges are cited as a key example.
• The guidelines emphasize that eating fewer calories is a key component to controlling body weight. Not only are oranges low in calories, they are high in water and fiber, which research shows can suppress hunger and increase fullness.
FOOD GROUPS TO ENCOURAGE (FOR DISEASE RISK REDUCTION)
• Per the guidelines, consuming generous amounts of fruits and vegetables has been linked to a reduction in risk for several diseases, including stroke and heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. Oranges contain several vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that can provide protection against developing these and other serious health conditions.
Citrus fruits are included in dietary programs from some of the world’s leading nutrition organizations including HHS/USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Produce for Better Health (PBH) Foundation’s 5 A Day Program, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute.
About Sunkist Growers
As one of the world's oldest and largest citrus marketing cooperatives, Sunkist Growers is owned by more than 6,000 citrus growers in California and Arizona, most of whom are small family farmers harvesting oranges, lemons and grapefruit. For more citrus information, nutrition tips and healthy recipes, visit www.sunkist.com.