A Letter from the Orange Juice People

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So the good folks at the Florida Department of Citrus want their voice heard, and who are we not to oblige? Just for the record, orange juice probably is, as they say, more healthful than apple juice or grape juice.

What worries us, and the point we're trying to make, is that when people drink orange juice like it is water, they are ingesting too much sugar. Fruit juice may have its place, but many children (and many adults) drink WAY too much juice when they should be drinking water instead.

Anyway, they write:

Dear Sugar Stacks team,

On behalf of the Florida Department of Citrus, I am writing in response
to your recent "stack-up" about the sugar content of orange juice on
SugarStacks.com.  Please allow us to share further information.

Orange juice is a convenient, naturally nutritious beverage with no
added sugars or preservatives that can be a healthy part of most diets.
In fact, its naturally occurring sugars provide the body with ready
sources of energy. One 8-ounce glass of 100 percent orange juice
delivers essential vitamins and nutrients to support good health and
counts as almost 25 percent of the USDA-recommended daily fruit and
vegetable servings, based on a 2,000-calorie diet.  Research shows
orange juice is more nutrient rich than many commonly consumed 100
percent fruit juices, such as apple, grape, pineapple and prune.

But it's important to note that not all juices are created equal. To
distinguish 100% orange juice from products that contain very little
real fruit juice, compare the percent of pure juice, nutrients and
ingredients.

Please feel free to contact me if you'd like to discuss in more detail.
Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Karen Mathis

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