Orange facts? What’s an orange have to offer other then the fact that it’s a vitamin C packed citrus fruit?
Great question and the answer is - lots!
Oranges actually have an impressive amount of essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants…and the list goes on.
Enjoy the ones we have listed below.
Pectin – oranges are very rich in pectin, which is known for being a bulk laxative. Pectin works by protecting the mucous membranes of the colon thus lowering the chances of its exposure time to toxic substances. Pectin is also known for aiding in the reduction of cholesterol levels in the blood stream.
Fiber – oranges are an excellent source of dietary fiber. Fiber is absolutely necessary for the healthy function of the body’s cells. A California Valencia Orange contains approximately 4.4 grams of fiber per 1 cup serving. Different varieties have different amounts, but overall, oranges are a good source of dietary fiber.
Vitamin C – you didn’t think we were going to leave this one out did you? Nope, gotta have that vitamin C! Yes, oranges have excellent levels of this antioxidant. Vitamin C is known for protecting the immune system against the common colds, as well as helping to protect against damage done by free radicals. Overall this antioxidant is a fantastic immunity booster.
Did you know that there are over 600 different types of oranges? A few of the most popular being:
Red Cara Navel – is a red fleshed navel orange that tends to be “medium” in size having a low acid content yet sweet in flavor.
Hamlin – is one of the most popular juiced oranges in Florida. It is typically an early season orange that grows in cooler climates such as California.
Valencia – is typically grown for the production of orange juice. It has a desirable taste and when eaten fresh is absolutely delicious.
Blood Oranges – is known specifically for its color because it is close to blood colored flesh. It sounds a little unappetizing, but its dark flesh is scrumptious.
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