Orange Juice, Obesity & Dementia, Kids & Fruit: Health Headlines

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We are not drinking orange juice as much as we used to. Sales this year are the lowest on record, and they keep declining. 35,000,000 gallons of O.J. were sold last month, which is a nine percent drop from July of last year. 

Experts said there's still a perception that the juice has too much sugar and too many calories, and there's also a growing demand for more exotic fruit juices, energy drinks and coffee. Despite the decline, orange juice beverage companies are not expected to cut prices in an attempt to lure back customers.   

There is growing evidence that obesity raises the risk for developing dementia, and a recent study from Oxford University found that your age has a lot to do with it--specifically, the age at which you become obese.

Researchers said that for obese people in their thirties, the risk of developing dementia is more than three times higher than it is for people of normal weight. However, that relative increase in risk was lower for people who became obese at a later age.    

Thanks to new nutritional guidelines, students are eating more fruits and vegetables in their school lunch, according to the U.S.D.A. An agency spokesperson said kids are eating 16 percent more vegetables and 23 percent more fruit daily. Those guidelines started in 2012 and require schools that opt into the program to serve skim or low-fat milk and add more whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

However, the U.S.D.A. said a million fewer students nationwide are eating federal school lunches.  Experts said this is because schools can opt out of the lunch program and turn down federal reimbursements if students don't like the healthier food.   

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