Oranges Galore

There's nothing healthier than eating a whole lot of fruits, especially on a hot day. I love citrus fruits......oranges, grapefruit, etc. Sweet oranges really make my day.

I grew up drinking orange juice but now I prefer eating the fruit entirely. This is after I realized that orange juice does not comprise of the same nutritional benefits as eating the fruit (that's because the juice will not have fiber). But orange juice wins in the department of quenching my thirst anytime! lol......

Here's a tip to choose sweet and juicy oranges. The skin must feel supple and not dry. The texture of the orange should be smooth and not crinkled. A crinkled orange indicates that the orange is not fresh and is semi-dried on the inside. Feel the orange, if it is slightly soft when pressed, you can be assured that it is juicy. A hard orange will lack juice and contains more pulp.

Oranges are a great source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, betacarotene, calcium, folic acid, magnesium, potassium and thiamin. Taking one orange a day is equivalent to 100% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C.

Oranges also reduce the risk of cholesterol, high blood pressure, kidney stones, heart diseases and cancer. The anti-oxidant properties of oranges help to protect the skin from free radicals that cause premature aging.

So with all that said, go eat your sweet, juicy oranges today! :-)


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