Oranges - it's not just all about "C".

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Jan 8, 01:34 PM in . No comments.

My family seem to have been eating lots of oranges at the moment. They are “at their best” at the moment so we are making the most of them while they are in season. Everyone knows how good oranges are, especially when it comes to Vitamin C. Sure they pack a punch when it comes to the “C” but there is so much more to the orange.

In fact, oranges contain loads of phytonutrients – flavanones , anthocyanins and polyphenols …(as well as many more varieties). These and other components in oranges have been associated with improving the immune system and in prevention of all sorts of health conditions such as kidney stones, respiratory disorders, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, some cancers and inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis . Eating oranges may even help us to reduce cognitive decline in older age.

Benefits of Oranges

*They are low in calories with an average orange being around 60-70 Kcal – so great for a snack.

*They have a low GI so can be helpful in controlling blood sugars and in weight control.

*They do contain high levels of Vitamin C, can’t ignore that!

*Oranges are also a good source of B vitamins and folate.

*They contain dietary fibre- great for bowel health and lowering cholesterol.

*Oranges are also a good source of vitamin A, potassium and calcium.

So, Oranges….it’s not “just” about “C”.

Tip

It has actually been found that the antioxidant properties and health benefits of naturally occurring Vitamin C are far greater than those gained through supplements alone. It’s the combination of the Vitamin C with all of the other wonderful phytonutrients in the orange which give the greatest effect.

Tags: Antioxidants, Fibre, Folate, Immune System, Orange, Vitamin C

About the author

Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Anne is a Health Professions Council (HPC) registered dietitian (RD), an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD- Australia), a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), a member of the British Dietetic Association, The Nutrition Society and of The Dietetics Association of Australia.

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