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Eat Them Oranges – Stay Healthy

6 February, 2019

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With the diversity that we have in India, we have many seasonal fruits available at different times in different regions of India. This is the time when oranges are available in abundance in the Northern part of India, while in most other regions, the markets have been flooded with oranges for a few months already.

Did you know that oranges are India’s third largest crops, behind mangoes and banana? Also, we are one of the top five countries in the world, in Orange production, also exporting it to many other countries. One of the most famous cities in India for orange production happens to be Nagpur. An interesting fact about oranges that we may not know is that there are 1,505 types of citrus fruits available in India. The most common ones are the easily peeled ones called mandarin, and the blood red sweet orange, apart from tangerine and clementine. The best part is that this fruit can be eaten as is, blended into a juice, or made into a squash, or jam, or even used in cooking and baking.  Orange is one of the most preferred refreshing flavors for people of all ages.

The benefits of Oranges

Oranges are extremely beneficial for seniors as they are highly nutritious, and can work wonders for their health. Oranges are made up of more than 60 flavonoids. Flavonoids are a kind of polyphenols found in many fruits, grains, nuts, vegetables, legumes, seeds, tea, and even wine. In this, the citrus flavonoids are carriers of factors that promote health. Research suggests that the citrus flavonoids are antioxidant and antimutagenic.

We all know good antioxidants are in helping us to stay healthy and fight many diseases including cancer. Also, the antimutagenic is another factor that helps fight cancer, since it prevents cells from mutating and that is one of the prime reasons for cancer. Not only do these citrus flavonoids inhibit the growth of the cancer cells, but they also strengthen the capillaries, and are even anti-inflammatory, antiallergenic as well as an antimicrobial.

Just like how we say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, an orange a day is good at maintaining your cardiovascular health. Studies have proved the consumption of orange can reduce the risk of strokes by as much as 25%. Besides, there is another factor called hesperidin present in the orange, which amplifies the good effects of Vitamin C in your body. We know that Vitamin C helps build our immunity and also helps in our eyesight. Another study has shown that oranges can also help reduce bad cholesterol in the body while boosting the good ones.

Besides, eating oranges will provide the right amount of fiber in your diet and help in improved bowel movements. Oranges contain 11% fiber, and 93% of Vitamin C. An orange can also meet the daily potassium needs of your body and help regulate your blood pressure. Being a citrus fruit, oranges will also help in keeping kidney stones at bay, and also prevent stomach ulcers. Perhaps one of the most important factors about oranges is that there is evidence to suggest that oranges can even protect against Rheumatoid Arthritis. All these parameters are vital for the health, especially of seniors.

How to eat?

The most beneficial way to eat an orange is to peel it and eat it as is. Other ways are to de-seed them and blend into a juice, along with some other helpful ingredients like ginger and mint, etc. Oranges can also be stored by making them into squash, and jam, for longer use. Many baking recipes like cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, etc., use oranges. It is without a doubt, a favorite ingredient in many desserts. You could also just cut and make a fruit salad by mixing it up with a few other fruits. So, this winter, go ahead and make the best use of the oranges; try out a few recipes, or at least eat one a day, and add to your health.

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