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Ongoing project

Scientific review for classification of unsweetened citrus juice in the Australian Dietary Guidelines (CT21004)

Key research provider: Nutrition Research Australia

What's it all about?

This project aims to understand the misconceptions that have led to a negative perception of 100 per cent no added sugar citrus juice. It will work collaboratively with the project Citrus industry health and nutrition education program (CT21006) and collate the scientific evidence to support the case that the juice remains a core food in the Australian Dietary Guidelines. 

The project team will conduct and publish an umbrella review (the highest level of evidence) to provide an unbiased collation of evidence that can be presented to the Australian Dietary Guidelines review committee.

Citrus juice (100 per cent juice with no added sugar) is an important source of nutrients and bioactives. Presently 100 per cent no added sugar citrus juice stands to be reclassified in the review of the Australian Dietary Guidelines as a discretionary, rather than core, food. Not only could this reclassification seriously impact the Australian citrus industry, but there is ample evidence to suggest that 100 per cent no added sugar citrus is an important contributor to the Australian diet.

Related levy funds

This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Citrus Fund