Oranges

Description. Oranges

Oranges are one of the most popular fruits around the world. While they are delightful as a snack or as a recipe ingredient, it is their juice that is most associated with good health, having a reputation for being an integral part of a healthy breakfast. Oranges are a round citrus fruits with finely-textured skins that are, of course, orange in colour just like their pulpy flesh. They usually range from about two to three inches in diameter.

History.

Oranges originated thousands of years ago in Asia, in the region from southern China to Indonesia from which they spread to India. Sweet oranges were introduced into Europe around the 15th century by various groups including the Moors, and the Portuguese as well as the Italian traders and explorers who found them on their voyages to Asia and the Middle East. Juicy and sweet and renowned for its concentration of vitamin C, oranges make the perfect snack and add a special tang to many recipes; it is no wonder that they are one of the most popular fruits in the world. Oranges are generally available from winter through summer with seasonal variations depending on the variety.

Health Benefits

Helps with anti-aging.

A healthy dose of vitamin C for antioxidant protection and immune support. You may already know that oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C - just one orange supplies 116% of the daily value for vitamin C, which is also vital for the proper function of a healthy immune system, is good for preventing colds and may be helpful in preventing recurrent ear infections.

A glass of orange juice offers more protection than vitamin C alone.

Protection against Cardiovascular Disease.A 248-page report, released December 2003 by Australian research group, CSIRO show a diet high in citrus fruit provides a statistically significant protective effect against some types of cancer. One large US study reviewed in the CSIRO report showed that one extra serving of fruit and vegetables a day reduced the risk of stroke by 4%, and this increased by 5-6 times for citrus fruits, reaching a 19% reduction of risk for stroke from consuming one extra serving of citrus fruit a day. The CSIRO Report also includes evidence of positive effects associated with citrus consumption in studies for arthritis, asthma, Alzheimer's disease and cognitive impairment, Parkinson's disease, macular degeneration, diabetes, gallstones, multiple sclerosis, cholera, gingivitis, optimal lung function, cataracts, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.

Compounds in orange peel may lower cholesterol as effectively as statin drugs A class of compounds found in citrus fruit peels called polymethoxylated flavones (PMFs) have the potential to lower cholesterol more effectively than some prescription drugs, and without side effects, according to a study by U.S. and Canadian researchers that was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

  • A very good source of fibre
  • Prevent kidney stones
  • Help prevent ulcers and reduce risk for stomach cancer
  • Protect respiratory health
  • Protection against rheumatoid arthritis.

Pretty dramatic benefits for doing something as simple as enjoying a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice each day!

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