A new research says that people who drink fruit juice are more likely to get the recommended levels of key nutrients than non-consumers.

Two important minerals for healthy bone and regulating blood pressure - calcium and potassium, is seen in higher than recommended levels for those who consume fruit juice than those who don't, the study presented at the American Dietetic Association (ADA) Annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE).

The study was done by researchers at the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center and Baylor College of Medicine, on a sample population of adults above 19 years of age. Those who didn't consume enough fruit juice were more likely to see below normal nutrient levels, particularly Vitamins A and C and Magnesium.

"This study supports the role of fruit juice as a nutrient dense beverage and a source of valuable vitamins and minerals," said lead researcher Dr. Carol O'Neil.

"Drinking 100 percent juice may be one important strategy to provide some of the essential nutrients that are currently under-consumed by Americans. 100 percent fruit juice should be encouraged as part of an overall balanced diet."

The researchers used data from the 2003-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to compare intake of "shortfall nutrients" – those nutrients most frequently under-consumed by Americans – among juice drinkers and non-consumers, a statement said.