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Grapefruit Every Day -- Learn how eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice three times a day "can cause the pounds to drop." Various grapefruit diets have been around for decades, but for the first time the industry has scientific proof that eating grapefruit spurs weight loss.

Eating Citrus and Drinking Orange Juice can cut the risk of stroke by nearly a third.
Download this JAMA Patient Page, in PDF Format, for more information: Why You Should Eat More fruits and Vegetables. - Diet Suppliment

From, William Sears, MD, "America's Pediatrician": THE TRUTH ABOUT PURE FRUIT JUICES VS. FRUIT BEVERAGES

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The American Cancer Society announced on November 16, 1995 that it will team up with the Florida Department of Citrus to educate consumers about the relationship between a healthy diet, including Florida Orange Juice, and reducing the risk of cancer.

"Florida orange juice, as part of a healthy diet, helps in the fight against cancer."
- American Cancer Society

By making some simple changes to dietary and lifestyle habits, we may reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. Recent studies have reported a direct link between the nutrients found in citrus fruit and reducing cancer risk:

  • Researchers at the National Cancer Institute have long maintained that a low-fat diet high in vitamin C-rich foods may help reduce the risk of some types of cancer.

To read about some of the research that Cornell University has done on Orange Juice and the prevention of cancer, look at this Cornell University report, Drinking Orange Juice Each Day May Keep Cancer Away and this Science News article, Drinking Orange Juice May Help Reduce Cancer Risk, Cornell Study Finds.

Another article: Inhibition of Spontaneous Metastasis in a Rat Prostrate Cancer Model by Oral Administration of Modified Citrus Pectin.

Vitamin C and Citrus Juices - All you wanted to know about vitamin C and good information for science fair projects.

Citrus Physiology and Nutraceutical Program - Citrus fruit contain several phytochemicals and /or nutraceuticals including vitamin C that have antioxidant properties and reportedly reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and some forms of cancer. There are several factors have the effect on the components of pytochemicals, such as the preharvest factors (growth regulators, rootstocks, climate, season and fertilizer practices). From Texas A&M University Phytochemicals in Fruits and Vegetables web site.

The Florida Department of Citrus and Orange Man introduced the "world’s largest orange juice glass" -- standing 8 feet-tall and holding more than 730 gallons of orange juice -- in support of National Minority Cancer Awareness Week (April 19-26, 1998).

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Florida grapefruit is the first fresh produce to get the American Heart Association's seal of approval because of its benefit to a healthy diet. "This is a risk-free product and is a great addition to the diet," said Larry Joyce, vice president of corporate relations for the AHA. "There is no fat and no cholesterol, and we want people to be aware of that." Grapefruit juice will also get the symbol -- a heart with a check in it. Grapefruit contains 10 grams of dietary fiber, more than double the fiber in a serving of the top 20 fruits and vegetables, according to Lisa Whidden, a registered nurse and heart association volunteer.

"Florida grapefruit and 100% pure Florida grapefruit juice are certified as part of a heart-healthy diet." - American Heart Association

According to recent research, a low-fat diet rich in fruits and vegetables like Florida citrus fruit and their juices juice, may help fight against heart disease:

  • The Food and Drug Administration has concluded that diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease, FDA also has concluded that low fat diets high in fruits and vegetables containing fiber, including soluble fiber, may reduce the at risk of heart disease. Florida citrus fruit and their juices are fat- and cholesterol-free and citrus fruit like oranges and grapefruit are high in fiber.

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from the Johns Hopkins University Weight Management Center

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The March of Dimes has also joined forces with the Florida Citrus Growers to help prevent birth defects. Studies show that birth defects may be influenced by the mother's diet, especially the amount of folic acid she consumes. Orange juice is an excellent source of folic acid, and more woman get their folic acid from orange juice than any other natural food/beverage.

Orange Juice: Make It Your Main Squeeze

"Adequate Folic acid, the B vitamin in orange juice, may reduce the risk of certain birth defects." - March of Dimes

Research shows that women of childbearing age who eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables containing folate may decrease the risk of having children with birth defects:

About 2,500 cases of neural tube defects, such as spina bifida and anencephaly, occur every year in the United States. Babies born with spina bifida have backbones that do not fully form around the nerves of the spinal column, while babies with anencephaly are born without most of the brain and cannot survive.

According to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), women of childbearing age can dramatically reduce the risk of having a child with these birth defects by consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables to maintain adequate levels of folate (the most frequently consumed dietary source of folate is orange juice). Since most neural tube birth defects occur in the first six to eight weeks after conception, it is important that women of childbearing age consume adequate daily levels of folate before, and soon after, they become pregnant.

The old adage, "you are what you eat," has taken on a whole new meaning. There is a growing body of medical research that supports the health benefits of antioxidants such as vitamin C, as well as folate, dietary fiber (including soluble fiber), and other vitamins and minerals found in Florida citrus.

Other Health Information on Florida Citrus

Vitamin C and Citrus Juices - All you wanted to know about vitamin C and good information for science fair projects.

Eating Citrus and Drinking Orange Juice can cut the risk of stroke by nearly a third.
Download this JAMA Patient Page, in PDF Format, for more information: Why You Should Eat More fruits and Vegetables.

For more information on the health benefits of Florida Citrus, review your Personal Wellness Plan as provided by the Florida Department of Citrus.

5 A Day Online - from the National Cancer Institute.

Here is some nutritional information on Florida Citrus. Another Nutrients in Citrus site.

Ten-Year Study of Orange and Grapefruit Juice Yields Verdict on Vitamin C

Eating citrus fruits and drinking an eight-ounce glass of orange juice daily may help prevent kidney stones, a painful and unpredictable disease that strikes more than 600,000 Americans each year. Read this article, Citrus Fruits, Liquids Can Prevent Stone Disease by Dr. Robert J. Irwin, Jr. at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey.

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