It’s official – everything we had thought about the health benefits of orange juice is wrong. NSW Farmers is alarmed by the decision to downgrade the Health Star Rating of 100 per cent fruit and vegetable juice, ranking it lower than some soft drinks. The Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation has endorsed a rating system that will halve the Health Star Rating of freshly squeezed orange juice to 2.5 stars, while giving diet cola 3.5 stars. NSW Farmers president James Jackson said it was ‘harmful and nonsensical’ to send a message that fresh, unsweetened fruit and vegetable juice is somehow worse for you than a synthetic drink like diet cola.

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