Health Benefits of Oranges
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The health benefits of oranges are a result of high vitamin C content and flavonoids. Hesperidin is the flavonoid that is most important in oranges. Hesperidin has strong anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to lower high blood pressure as well as cholesterol. The concentration of hesperidin is mostly found in the inner white pulp and inner peel of the orange rather than in its orange flesh.
Eating oranges or drinking orange juice has also been shown to fight viral affections and protect against cancer. The pectin in oranges also possesses properties similar to that of grapefruit pectin in lowering cholesterol levels. As you can see there are many health benefits of oranges.
One orange will supply nearly 100% of the recommended dietary intake of vitamin C. They are also good sources of folic acid, pantothenic acid, vitamins B1, B2, and B6. Oranges also contain carotenes and potassium.
Oranges are one of the most popular fruits in the world. Oranges are categorized as either bitter or sweet. Sweet oranges are the type mostly consumed. Popular varieties of the sweet orange are the Navel, Valencia, and Jaffa oranges. The bitter oranges are used to make jams or marmalade's.
Oranges were first cultivated in the Middle East in the 19th century. Oranges made their way to Europe by way of traders who traveled through the Middle East and Asia. During the 16th century the Spanish Explorers made their way to Florida and were the first to introduce the orange to the area.
When shopping for oranges choose the oranges that are heavy and firm. This indicates they are full of juice. Oranges with a clean sweet fragrance will tend to be sweeter. The color is not an indication of whether to choose an orange. Non-organic oranges can get their deep orange color from an artificial dye, citrus red number two.
The health benefits of oranges are similar to the health benefits that are found in tangerines, tangelos, and mandarin oranges. So include these other types of citrus into your diet for similar health benefits.
Oranges should be stored at room temperature and will last for about two weeks. It’s okay to refrigerate oranges, however do not leave oranges wrapped because they will tend to accumulate moisture and mold. You can freeze orange juice in ice cube trays for a refreshing summer time snack.
If you're in the mood for fresh squeezed orange juice, it's best to use oranges that are at room temperature. For better results roll the oranges with moderate pressure on a flat surface before juicing.
Oranges should be cleaned with a commercial produce wash and rinsed under cool running water. Because of the pesticide residue found on most non-organic oranges we always look for organic produce.
As you can see the health benefits of oranges are many. They are full of fiber and vitamins and should be part of everyone's diet.
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