Does orange juice have calcium?
A cup of orange juice may contain a small amount of calcium, but only about 2% of the daily recommended intake. Oranges themselves are not a particularly good source of calcium, so the calcium content of orange juice is generally quite low.
How much calcium is in orange juice?
A cup of orange juice can contain around 20 milligrams of calcium, but the amount can vary depending on the brand and/or the specific oranges used to make the juice.
Why is calcium important?
Calcium is primarily stored in bones. If we don’t get enough calcium from our diet, the body will take calcium from bones to ensure normal cell function. This can lead to weakened bones over time and may raise the risk of osteoporosis.
Calcium and vitamin D have been identified as nutrients of concern in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans because most people do not consume adequate amounts of these nutrients. However, orange juice is not the way to ensure adequate calcium intake.
Cold-pressed vs store bought orange juice
Cold-pressed or freshly squeezed orange juice is the purest type of orange juice — but squeezing oranges at home can be time-consuming. Therefore, many people opt to buy orange juice from the supermarket.
However, if you have access to a cold-press juicer or a cold-pressed juice business, you should give it a try. Cold-pressed juice tastes better and can be more nutrient dense than juice made on other types of juicers.
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