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Tropicana orange juice types

Last reviewed: September 2009

Antioxidant Advantage

Tropicana Antioxidant Advantage

Vitamin C: 240%
Vitamin E: 100%

Vitamins C and E do have antioxidant properties, which might help protect the body's cells, in theory. But recent research has undercut the notion that antioxidant supplements confer much benefit, and the American Heart Association now recommends against taking them. Some clinical trials have found that high doses of vitamin E might raise some people's risk of heart failure or certain cancers, which suggests there's little reason for most people to eat antioxidant-fortified foods.

 

Calcium + Vitamin D

Tropicana Calcium + Vitamin D

Vitamin D: 25%
Calcium: 35%

Many Americans don't get enough calcium and vitamin D, which together help build bone and might prevent certain cancers and protect the heart. An 8-ounce glass of this juice has about as much calcium as a glass of skim milk and 100 International Units of vitamin D (about one-third as much as 3 ounces of salmon). Citing recent research, our medical consultants say that the current Daily Value for D, 400 IUs, is too low; most people should aim for 800 to 1,000 IUs.

 

Healthy Heart with Omega-3

Tropicana Healthy Heart with Omega-3

There's no recommended Daily Value for omega-3s, but the American Heart Association says most people should eat at least two 3-ounce servings of fish (preferably fatty fish) per week. This juice provides 50 milligrams of omega-3s. Drinking an 8-ounce glass seven days a week would provide only as much as about a third of a serving of fatty fish. The AHA says that people with heart disease should aim for 1,000 mg of omega-3s a day, an amount that probably requires taking a daily fish-oil supplement, even if those people drink the fortified juice.

 

Healthy Kids

Tropicana Healthy Kids

Vitamins A and E: 20%
Vitamin D: 25%
Calcium: 35%

Vitamin D and calcium are beneficial; the extra A and E might be less necessary.

 

Trop50: Less juice, same price

Trop50 orange juice

This new juice has about half the calories of others because it's almost 60 percent water. It has a less-intense orange flavor than regular OJ and although its no-cal sweetener comes from a plant (stevia), the drink has an artificial-sweetener flavor. The carton holds less than others, for the same price. Save money and calories: Mix regular OJ with water.