Orange Juice: My Go-To Drink For The Sickies

Growing up whenever someone in the family got sick, mom loaded the whole family up with extra glasses of orange juice. It was mom’s “natural” way of helping us fight of colds. Today whenever one of our kids brings home the sickies, I reach for the orange juice too.

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A few little fun facts from Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD to back up mom’s theory:

  • One 8‐ounce serving of 100 percent orange juice is a good source of potassium and folate and an excellent source of vitamin C.     These are three important nutrients that are under-consumed in the United States, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  • One serving of 100% orange juice is more nutrient-dense than many commonly consumed 100% fruit juices. A refreshing glass of 100 percent orange juice has no added sugars or artificial sweeteners, which may be found in many fruit juice cocktails and sports drinks.

No, I am not telling you orange juice cures colds – we all know it doesn’t. But whether it’s the extra vitamin C, good-for-you nutrients or just a placebo effect, it makes everyone feel better to think we are doing something. Of course, there is also the added benefit of a yummy drink that keeps sick kids hydrated too — no one can argue with that.

So, what kind of OJ do I reach for when we feel run down? Florida Orange Juice of course! I come from a long line of native Floridians (eight generations to be precise), and my family has owned orange groves here in Florida for generations. So while most of my family’s farming days are in the past (although parts of my family still grow oranges and berries), reaching for Florida orange juice is my way of supporting my roots. Not to mention — it just tastes good!

Next time you are at the grocery store, grab a bottle of Florida Orange Juice. You will be adding a great source of nutrients to your family’s diet and supporting our Florida farmers at the same time.

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