We all know oranges are top of the fruit pops when it comes to vitamin C, but there’s so much more to this half-time hero than you know. We look under their skin – or indeed on their skin – to uncover the many surprising health benefits of oranges and what they really mean to you.
The benefits of oranges
- Immune Boosting: Oranges have the highest level of antioxidants, including that all important vitamin C, of any fruit. These antioxidants may help protect your cells from damage and protect you from cancer, can boost your immune system and can help fight infection – to name a few.
- Weight Control: it’s a nutrient dense but low-calorie food, plus the high fibre content helps you stay fuller longer.
- Healthy Skin: Those antioxidants that oranges are so full of can help reduce damage to your skin and help keep you looking younger longer.
- Stress Reducing: And relax… approximately 1 large orange contains close to 15% of your RDA of vitamin B-1 or thiamin, which helps your body deal with stress, and the folate content helps with fighting depression.
- Lowers blood pressure: Oranges are high in potassium, low in salt and are a good source of hesperidin, which helps to improve blood flow.
Are blood oranges healthier?
Special mention goes out to blood oranges. They contain all the nutrients found in oranges however the ruby red colour of the flesh, which gives blood oranges its name, is a sign that it contains that extra-special nutrient called anthocyanin, which may help fight inflammation and cancer.
What about orange peel?
Don’t bin the skin (or the peel in this case). It contains almost double the amount of vitamin C, plus other beneficial flavanoids. You can use all parts of the orange in cooking, including the peel, in everything from cakes and desserts to savoury dishes.
Indulge your orange crush in these delicious recipes.
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