Orange Fruit Facts and Health Benefits 101

About Oranges

Oranges are spherical orange-colored fruit whose tree can achieve 10 meters tall. Orange trees possess dark green vivid leaves and little white flowers which have five petals. Bees like the flowers of orange as they smell sweet.

An orange features a tough shiny skin. Inside, it is separated into "segments", with slim tough skins which hold together several small sections that have juice inside. Usually, you will find ten sections in an orange. However, occasionally there could be more. Inside every segment there are seeds known as "pips". Orange trees are usually grown from pips, however certain varieties of orange trees are only able to be cultivated from "cuttings" (a portion cut off an orange tree and made to develop roots). The skin and the segments are divided by white stringy thing known as "pith". In many varieties of oranges, the skin may be peeled away from the pith, plus the segments may be pulled apart using the fingers to eat. In certain oranges it is difficult to go ahead and take the skin away. The segments, pith and skin of mandarin oranges can be pulled apart easily. Orange skin is usually known as "orange peel".

Whole and Sliced Oranges 

Health Benefits of Eating Oranges

  • Frequently taking in vitamin C from oranges stops the progression of arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
  • A substance in oranges known as liminoid, can help combat cancers of the skin, mouth, breast, lung, colon and stomach. The substantial vitamin C content additionally provides for an excellent antioxidant which protects body cells from harms by free radicals.
  • The alkaloid synephrine in orange peel is effective in reducing the liver's output of cholesterol while the antioxidant fights against oxidative stress which is the major culprit in oxidizing your body's LDL.
  • Although the orange has an acidic taste, it offers an alkaline effect in your digestive tract and helps generate the digestive juices useful for relieving constipation.
  • An orange on a daily basis is enough for a guy to maintain the health of his sperm. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant to protect your sperm against genetic damage that could result in a birth defect.
  • A large intake of vitamin C and flavanoids is proven to halve the potential risk of heart conditions.
  • Research indicates that a flavonoid known as hesperidin in oranges may reduce hypertension.
  • The powerful content of ascorbic acid in oranges encourages white cells to deal with infection, naturally creating a good immune system.
  • Consuming orange juice on a daily basis can considerably decrease the risk of development of kidney stones (calcium oxalate).
  • The antioxidant found in orange protects your skin against free radical damage that causes aging signs.
  • Taking in high-vitamin C foods lower the likelihood of peptic ulcers and as a result, lower the potential risk of stomach cancer.
    The large quantity of polyphenols can protect you from viral infections

How to Choose and Buy Oranges

  • Hold an orange to determine if it is heavy; the heavier the orange, the juicier it is.
  • Try to find firm, smooth rinds. Thin peels would mean there is more fruit within.
  • Avoid orange that is coarse, mushy or seems to have soft spots.
  • Smell the orange. It must possess a sweet, faint fragrance at normal temperature. 

How to Store Oranges

  • Oranges can be stored at normal temperature as well as in the fridge. They usually last near to a fortnight, and can retain almost the same amount of the vitamin in them.
  • If you would like to have your oranges cold, keep them in the fridge without wrapping.
  • Avoid storing the fruit in plastic bags without perforation because moisture caught inside could promote mold growth.

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