Oranges are one of the most popular fruits in the world. It belongs to the category of citrus fruits. It belongs to the citrus * sinensis of the family Rutaceae. The cultivation of oranges started a thousand years ago probably in the Eastern Asia. Oranges are most popular among all citrus fruits. Oranges are perfect for winter snacking and they add a special tang to all sorts of foods they go in. This tangy fruit definitely impresses with its delicious juicy taste and high concentration of vitamin C as well as other nutrients.
Belonging to the group of citrus fruits called hesperidium, oranges have a lot of health benefits. They have concentration of water and mainly consists of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, sugar and fibers. Oranges are also a source of fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6 also termed as essential fatty acids. Oranges are round, have finely textured skins with mouth watering pulpy flesh.
The pulpy flesh is so subtle with a cooling effect. Oranges have low calories and fat content. Glucose, sucrose, fructose are dominant carbohydrates in oranges and they are responsible for the sweet taste of orange. Oranges are good source of fiber, one large orange contain 18% of the necessary fiber content. These fibers keep the blood sugar level under control so oranges are very healthy for diabetic people. They have both soluble and insoluble fiber that helps in keeping your intestine and stomach functions, smooth preventing irritable bowel syndrome. The fibers are also helpful in treating the constipation.
Oranges are also good source of several vitamins and minerals. One orange offer 116.2 percent of the daily value for vitamin C. Good intake of Vitamin C is associated with a reduced chance of Colon Cancer as it helps to get rid of face radicals that cause damage to our DNA. Vitamin C also offers a healthy immune system and keep diseases off our way and helps preventing recurrent ear infections.
Oranges are also a rich source of various anti-oxidants that protects our skin from free radical damage that is known to cause signs of ageing.
They say, “An orange a day help you look young even at the age of 50”
Wow! Got to grab those oranges now. Te-he!
Oranges also contain Vitamin B6 that helps in the production of hemoglobin and also keeps our blood pressure under constant check due to the presence of magnesium.
A research study showed by some American and Canadian researchers has showed that in the peel of citrus fruits, a certain class of compounds is present, that’s called Polymethoxylated Flavones (PMFs) and they are very helpful in lowering the blood cholesterol level efficiently.
Although the basic nature of oranges is acidic before digestion but they contains a lot of alkaline minerals that play a role in the process of digestion. This property of oranges is quite similar to lemons though that are considered to one of the best alkaline food sources.
Oranges also contains carotenoid. The vitamin A present in them play an important role in keeping the mucus membrane in the eye healthy. Vitamin A is also known to prevent age related muscular degeneration that in extreme cases could lead to blindness. It also helps the eyes to absurd maximum light.
So, oranges not only make a tasty, coolio fruit that is soothing but also possesses a number of health benefits and help in the proper functioning of various systems in the human body. Orange juice is the best source of happiness and everybody loves it. Drinking orange juice improves your skin and keeps your blood circulation normal and helps in reducing inflammation, balances blood pressure, prevent the formation of kidney stones and improves blood cholesterol level.
So if you don’t like oranges then it’s high time you get your facts corrected and start liking them because they have numerous health benefits and not eating oranges would be a disaster for you, my friend.