ORANGE! This word was actually derived from a Sanskrit word which entered into Middle English through Anglo French and has since been incorporate in our everyday vocabulary.
Orange is a citrus ‘Sinensis’ specie fruit and by ‘sinensis’ we are referring to the sweet orange because we also have the bitter orange which is ‘aurantium’. Orange belongs to the rutaceace family and was mostly cultivated in the 1980’s. It is grown in tropical and sub-tropical regions, the orange tree has ever green leaves and can bear fruits for nearly 60 years. In 2012 Orange accounted for 70% of citrus production and by the year 2010, 68.8 million oranges were grown mostly in the United States and in Brazil. Today, Brazil is the number one world producer of Orange.
One medium size orange of about 140 grams contains
93% Vitamin C
9% Vitamin B1
7% Pantothenic acid
3 Grams of dietary fiber and 14 grams of sugar
19 Grams of carbohydrate
250 Milligrams of potassium
0 Grams of fat
Oranges are low in calories and do not contain any saturated fats but is very rich in dietary fiber and pectin which has lots of laxative content and helps protect our mucus membrane. Folates in oranges helps prevent birth defects. Drinking moderate quantity of orange juice could help reduce the risk of kidney stones and kidney disease. It helps lower cholesterol level because they are full of soluble fiber and due to its richness in vitamin c, it protects our body cells by neutralizing free radicals which can cause chronic disease like cancer. Oranges are full of potassium which helps the heart function normally and lowers our blood pressure. When potassium levels go very low, an abnormal heart beat which is called arrhythmia may be developed. When orange is eaten tropically, the vitamin C in it helps ward off skin damages which could be caused by air pollution. Oranges could reduce wrinkles and improve the skin texture as a whole.
Uses of Orange
Oranges can be used to make herbal tea and can just be eaten! So eat them in your chicken salad or fruit salad. The peels is nontoxic and can be used to make a natural citrus cleaner to remove stains instead of using harsh caustic liquids to remove stains on the stove. It can be used as a fire starter because of the oil contained in its peels and also as a mosquito repellent.
Consumption of too much potassium however can be detrimental to those whose kidneys aren’t fully functional and people with gastro-esophageal re-flux disease might experience increased symptoms such as heartburn when consuming acidic fruits such as oranges. A good combination of fruits and foods makes a healthy diet rather than dwelling on a particular food for just a health or healing benefit.
An orange a day can also keep the doctor away, says www.foodstantly.com!