Orange juice has been a staple on breakfast tables for many years. Recent reports indicate that the once popular breakfast drink is not as popular as it used to be. Business Insider reported that more and more Americans are leaving that particular juice in the grocery stores. In fact, sales have been down 13 percent duringthe lastpast four years. The frozen juice is down 39 percent. That's the biggest drop in sales.

Decline in the juice

"Good Morning America" reported on Monday, October 17 thatAmericans are drinking less of the once breakfast staple because of its high sugar and carbohydrate levels.

While people think the beverage is nutritious, it is not much better for you than a glass of soda or any other drink with sugar.Nutritionists and health personnel are glad to know that people are finally paying attention to what they have been saying for years.

Ingredients of the juice

Orange juice is not as pure and innocent as it seems. It is loaded with sugar and high in carbohydrates. Once people realize that about orange juice, they no longer put it on the breakfast table for their family. An average glass of orange juice contains almost the same amount of sugar and carbohydrates as a bag of M&M's. To be exact, a 12-ounce glass of orange juice that most people drink contains 153 calories, 34 grams of carbohydrates, 27 grams of sugar, and 2.4 grams of protein.

Sales for this particular juice are declining because people have so many other choices. Many consumers are making their own juices and smoothies.

Orange groves

For the fifth consecutive season, there has been a problem with orange groves in Florida. The sunshine state is the top grower of oranges, but it is experiencing the worst decline in more than a century.

Predictions for this year’s harvest will be down 14 percent from last year. That's because trees are diseased and hurricanes have caused a surge in orange prices. Florida once had about 48 processing plants, but now it has only seven plants. If consumers continue to buy orange juice, it will definitely cost a lot more than it did in the past.

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