Fruits and Vegetables, Including Citrus Fruits, Featured Prominently In New Food Guidance System MyPyramid
April 26, 2005
Sherman Oaks, CA – April 26, 2005 – The newly-released United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Guidance System called MyPyramid emphasizes that fruits and vegetables should take priority over all other food groups. Whole oranges, grapefruit, tangerines and other citrus fruits are featured on the MyPyramid website as healthy fruit choices that support three fundamental principles:
KEEP CALORIC INTAKE BALANCED WITH ENERGY EXPENDITURE TO PREVENT WEIGHT GAIN AND/OR MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT
• Not only are citrus fruits low in calories, they are high in water and fiber, which research shows can suppress hunger and increase fullness. One medium-size orange contains just 80 calories and has been shown to suppress hunger levels for up to four hours after eatingup>1.
• All things being equal, choosing an orange as a snack instead of chips or cookies can save 100-200 calories a day, which can translate into 10-20 pounds over one year.
CHOOSE NUTRIENT DENSE FOODS TO INCREASE THE INTAKE OF VITAMINS, MINERALS, FIBER, AND OTHER KEY NUTRIENTS, ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT ARE OFTEN LOW IN TYPICAL DIETS
• Citrus fruits are naturally nutrient-dense and can help Americans meet their nutrient needs while staying within their calorie needs. Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber, and provide 7 percent of the Daily Value for potassium, nutrients that neither adults nor children consume adequate amounts of, according to the USDA. One medium-sized orange is a good source of folate, providing 15 percent of the Recommended Daily Value.
• Women who might become pregnant are encouraged to consume foods with folate to reduce the risk of certain birth defects.
LOWER CHRONIC DISEASE RISKS BY LOWERING INTAKE OF SATURATED FATS, TRANS FATS, CHOLESTEROL AND SODIUM
• Citrus fruits are naturally free of fats, cholesterol and sodium.
• 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 cancerup>2. Oranges contains several vitamins, minerals and plant compounds (fiber, potassium, vitamin C, folate) that provide protection against developing these and other serious health conditions.
The Food Guidance System incorporates recommendations from the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which were released in January. Both the Dietary Guidelines and Food Guidance System emphasize that fruits and vegetables are fundamental to a healthy diet and lifestyle.
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.
up>1 Tiwary, C.M., Ward, J.A., Jackson, B.A. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 1997;16:5, 423-428.
up>2 Report to Horticulture Australia Ltd, Project No. CT01037. Consumer Science Program, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) Health Sciences & Nutrition. June 2003.