Does Orange Juice Have Calcium?

If you are searching for an answer to the question “does orange juice have calcium?”, then you are probably here for one of two reasons:

1) – You have heard that orange juice you can buy at the store is fortified with extra calcium and are checking up on this. If this is the case, then your right, there are many commercially available orange juice products that contain extra calcium. One study shows that the calcium in fortified calcium orange juice products is highly bio-available (meaning we absorb and use a lot of it, rather than pee it out). The same study also shows that the calcium in fortified apple juice is even more bio-available than that in orange juice. Either way, both are great sources of dietary calcium.

However, there are a few things to note. Commercial fruit juices (as a rule) are a mere shadow of fresh-made juice in terms of overall nutritional content (with the exception of what they are fortified with). The processing methods (heating and filtering to remove bacteria) needed to give commercial juice a shelf life destroys the majority of antioxidants found naturally in orange juice, of which vitamin C is a good example. Also, commercial juice often delivers additional sugar and chemicals along with the calcium. In my opinion, fresh is always better for these reasons.

2) – You like making fresh juice and you want to know how much calcium it contains. First of all, I am happy to hear you are going for fresh juice!

Orange Juice And Calcium
– The answer is that 1 cup of fresh raw orange juice calcium content is 27mg according to the USDA nutrient database.

To your health,
Darren Haynes

J Am Coll Nutr. 1996 Jun;15(3):313-6.
Calcium absorption from apple and orange juice fortified with calcium citrate malate (CCM).
Andon MB, Peacock M, Kanerva RL, De Castro JA.

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