Best consumed fresh or as freshly squeezed juice, absorbing all its benefits for our health, there is almost no single reason to avoid this citrus fruit.
Like its color, orange is nutritionally a fruit that abounds in positivity. It is low in calories, low in fat and cholesterol, but rich in pectin, a carbohydrate that is part of the cellular components of many fruits such as peaches, apples, beans, peas and potatoes.
Pectin is associated with numerous health benefits. Acting as a laxative, it protects the mucous membranes of the colon by reducing their interaction with toxic carcinogens. It also helps control blood sugar levels, which helps people with diabetes, prevents gallstones, and lowers serum cholesterol and LDL lipoprotein levels.
Like all citrus fruits, oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C, a natural antioxidant that fights infectious agents and free radicals. Two average oranges meet your daily needs for this vitamin! But is that all?
In addition to the good balance of vitamin C and pectin, phytochemicals are also present in the orange. In fact, it contains over 170 types of phytochemicals, including carotenoids, flavonoids, terpenoids, limonoids and glucarates. All of these are excellent antioxidants that contribute to the health of the body by fighting free radicals, acting anti-inflammatory and as immunomodulators. They also have antiviral and anticancer activity.
Orange also contains other vitamins such as vitamin A, B1, folic acid as well as alpha and beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, zea-xanthine and lutein. This whole antioxidant fan gives a sure way to better health and should definitely put the orange on our daily list of fruits to consume.
Bonus for girls: In addition to the orange pulp or the core and albedo, the white coating under the orange peel is rich in substances that have the potential to prevent breast cancer and alleviate PMS symptoms.