A Tasty Synergy

A Tasty Synergy

About FL OJ Nutrition

Serving size 8 ounces (1 cup)
Calories 120
Total Carbohydrate 28 g
Total Natural Sugars 21 g
Vitamins and Minerals
Vitamin C 104 mg
Calcium 27 mg
Fortified 358 mg
Vitamin D 0 mcg
Fortified 2.5 mcg
Vitamin B6 0.15 mg
Folate 61 mcg
Thiamin 0.2 mg
Potassium 470 mg

*Source: Floridacitrus.org

Florida Orange Juice isn’t just a delicious, hydrating beverage with no added sugars. It also packs a nutritious punch that delivers vitamin C, potassium, folate and thiamin — and fortified Florida Orange Juice amps up the nutrition profile with calcium and vitamin D.

On the radar of many nutrition and dietetics professionals is nutrient synergy — when the combination of two or more nutrients creates a possible health benefit. Many known nutrient synergies involve vitamins and minerals found in Florida Orange Juice, such as:

Vitamin C aids in the absorption of iron, particularly non-heme iron from plant foods, which promotes cellular health by helping blood deliver oxygen.

Vitamin D is better absorbed when paired with a fat source, and in turn can help the body absorb calcium for bone health.

When consumed together, potassium, magnesium and calcium may help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke.

Folate combined with vitamins B6 and B12 may help reduce homocysteine levels and may reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

When combined with calcium and vitamin D, vitamin K completes a synergistic trio that supports bone health.

Scientific research around nutrient synergy largely has been in the context of overall eating patterns — and how exactly certain metabolic pathways work is not yet well understood. But evidence of better outcomes from the synergistic effects of food (more so than supplements) supports a “food first” philosophy — and this has many researchers excited about further exploring the complementary relationships of nutrients.

Visit FoodandNutrition.org/FL-OJ for a collection of delicious recipes featuring synergistic ingredients and tons of flavor!

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