Orange is one of the most popular fruits in the world, and the second after banana in terms of quantities consumed. People had well understood the unique health benefits of citrus fruits from the ancient years. Hepocrates and Ancient Egyptians had talked about citrus health benefits. During the 16th and 17th centuries, sailors used to associate their overall health and wellbeing with the consumption of oranges and lemons. According to them, the lack of these fruits caused them to suffer from a disease called scurvy. Back then, they did not know the reasons for this. However, now we know that scurvy is the outcome of severe vitamin C deficiency, caused by the sailors diet that was normally very poor in fresh fruits and vegetables during their long trips.
Nowadays, we know that vitamin C is not the only useful nutrient provided by oranges. They are a good source of several vitamins, minerals and fiber.
According to USDA, 100 gr of raw orange (navels) contain:
Water: 85.97 g
Energy: 49 kcal
Protein: 0.91 g
Total lipid (fat): 0.15g
Carbohydrate by difference: 12.54g
Sugars total: 8.5g
Vitamin C: 59.1mg
Folate DFE: 34μg
Vitamin A: 247 IU
Interesting Health Benefits of Eating Orange:
- Cardiovascular Benefits
- Contains Antioxidants, which fight Cancer
- Improves Digestion
- Reduces Blood Pressure
- Promotes Skin Health
- Potential Anti-Diabetic action
However, orange – as any other food- should be consumed in normal quantities and only as part of a balanced diet.
2.) Orange Health Benefits
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