The results of a four-year study into the benefits of OJ for kids have been released, and they only have good things to say.

A four-year study conducted by researchers at the University of Connecticut and Harvard Medical School has had some pretty good things to say about the benefits of OJ for kids, according to a Citrus Industry article. Published in Public Health Nutrition, the study refutes the belief that orange juice should be lumped together with soda and sports drinks as having too much sugar. See the details of the study below.

The Benefits of OJ

According to the article, the study concluded that “drinking 100 percent orange juice (OJ) is not associated with negative effects on body weight, body mass index (BMI) or BMI percentile among 9- to 16-year-olds.” Additional benefits of OJ the study also found is that an increase in OJ consumption is connected to increased height for girls and a greater likelihood of higher physical activity levels in all children.

“I hope our findings reassure parents and health educators that regularly enjoying a glass of 100 percent orange juice can provide kids with beneficial nutrients without increasing the risk of becoming overweight or obese. In fact, consuming 100 percent orange juice regularly could help address shortfalls in the diet and bolster intake of key nutrients such as vitamin C, potassium, folate, thiamin and riboflavin, as well as calcium and vitamin D found in fortified OJ,” said Ock Chun, the principal investigator of the study in the article; Chun is a professor in nutritional sciences at the University of Connecticut.

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