Nutrition & Dieting/Fruit portions

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Hi Laurie

I have a question about portions of fruit. I know that usually a glass of juice only counts as one portion and that if you eat more than one of the same fruit it only counts as one for the day (eg two apples can only count as one portion).

But my question is: if I have a glass of orange juice in the morning (one portion) and then later eat a clementine/satsuma; do the glass of juice and clementine/Satsuma count as 2 different portions of just one?

Thanks :)

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Hello Alice,

That's an interesting guideline from your country that we don't have here. Usually when people ask about portions here, they are concerned with calories, and certainly every bite counts!

The principle you are referring to here helps guide people towards variety in their diet: while having 2 servings of a fruit in the orange family can be nutritious, they want to steer you towards eating different fruits entirely so you may have the benefit of different nutrients and phytochemicals.

I would have to say that orange juice and clementines would provide quite similar nutrition. However, being that they are both highly nutritious, I would not suggest you avoid them if you have room for them in your diet.
For example, if someone eats so many servings of orange juice that they start to gain weight, or have a problem with blood sugar elevation, or never eat another type of fruit, it would not be a wise choice.

If you are at a healthy weight and enjoy a variety of foods throughout the day, I would not advise against enjoying an extra portion of a fruit in the orange family!

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Laurie Beebe, MS, RD, LD

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As a registered dietitian (RD)I am fully qualified to accurately answer questions regarding weight loss, including those from people with health conditions requiring dietary restrictions (diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc) who want to lose weight, or who have been advised to do so by their physician.

Experience

I have been a registered dietitian for over 30 years and have a certificate in Adult Weight Management through the commission on dietetic registration at Level 1 and Level 2. I am also trained in coaching through Coach U and currently work as a diet coach to help people lose weight the healthy way, through gradual habit changes.

Organizations
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group, Nutrition Entreprenuers, St.Louis International Coach Federation, Toastmasters

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Livestrong.com, Glamour.com, Ezinearticles.com, Ehow.com, Today's Dietitian

Education/Credentials
Bachelor of Health Science from the University of Florida, 1983; Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University 1985; Certificate in Adult Weight Management 2006; CoachU core essentials grad 2007; Level 2 certificate in Adult Weight Management 2010.

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