Prior to 1920 the orange was mainly considered a dessert fruit.
The spread of orange juice drinking, in contrast with eating of the fresh fruit, significantly increased the per capita consumption of oranges.
The orange is most well known for its high content of Vitamin C (60mg per 100g of edible fruit). This high Vitamin C content helps boost the immune system, supports collagen and benefits those with weak gums and teeth. Vitamin C also aids iron absorption. It is therefore a good idea when consuming foods high in iron, to have a food rich in Vitamin C either in combination or straight after.
Oranges also contain carotenoids and bioflavonoids, both with powerful antioxidant properties. Oranges are a good source of the crucial B-vitamin folate, which is essential in decreasing the risk of birth defects and for fighting heart disease.
Oranges, as well as other fruits, contain a water-soluble fiber called pectin. Studies show that pectin helps reduce blood cholesterol levels. This may explain why individuals who eat several servings daily of fruits, such as oranges, and vegetables have a lower risk for heart disease.
We recommend you buy your juicy and fresh oranges from Harris Farm Markets.
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