In an era of misguided fad diets and ineffective weight loss programs, the fruit commonly known as orange stands as a tasty and reliable ally for the reduction of excess body fat as well as the maintenance of general health.
In its surprising role as a weight control superhero, orange is loaded with detoxifying and yet nourishing compounds. From its fiber-rich goodness to its metabolism-boosting properties, orange is a known go-to partner that assists in achieving a healthier, slimmer figure.
As a winter fruit that is especially appreciated during the holiday season, orange offers the following benefits:
- High Vitamins content:
- Vitamin C: the nutrient that supports skin and overall health. Vitamin C is essential for immune function as well as collagen production and skin health. The cold, dry air of winter can be harsh on the skin. Vitamin C in orange helps the skin repair itself, slow down excessive sagging, and maintain a healthier glow. Orange is also good for the skin because it helps protect against damage from UV rays and environmental pollutants.
- Vitamin D: Some studies suggest that consuming oranges in the winter may help increase the body’s vitamin D levels.
- Antioxidants Galore: oranges are packed with antioxidants like flavonoids, which help neutralize free radicals in the body, potentially reducing the risk of chronic diseases.
- Immunity Boost: most colds and flu are experienced in wintertime however orange, rich in vitamin C, helps bolster the immune system, reducing the risk of falling ill.
- Beneficial phytochemicals: these plant-based compounds help fight off oxidative stress and inflammation, which can be heightened during the winter months.
- Proper Hydration: Despite the colder weather, staying hydrated is crucial. Orange has a high water content, assisting in keeping the body hydrated when the winter air tends to be drier.
- Digestive Health: The fiber in the orange fruit can aid in digestion, which might be helpful, especially when diets change during the festive season.
- High Fiber Count: The fiber in orange aids digestion, helps prevent constipation, and promotes a feeling of fullness, potentially aiding in weight management.
- Nutrient Diversity: Orange provides an array of nutrients like potassium for heart health, folate important for cell division, and thiamine essential for energy production.
- Natural Sugars: Orange contains natural sugars like fructose, which can provide a quick energy boost in a healthier form than processed sugars.
- Low Calories: this makes orange a useful option for those watching their calorie intake.
- Mood Enhancement: Orange contains folate, which plays a role in serotonin production. In the darker months, the consumption of folate-rich foods might help regulate mood and prevent seasonal mood changes also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Incidentally, science has shown that there is a connection between a poor diet also known as the Standard American Diet (SAD) and the cluster of symptoms also called SAD for Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Calories: around 62 kcal
Carbohydrates: approximately 15.4 grams
Dietary Fiber: roughly 3.1 grams
Sugars: around 12.2 grams
Protein: about 1.2 grams
Fat: almost negligible, less than 0.2 grams
Vitamin C: around 69.7 mg (This can vary based on the specific type of orange and its size).
Potassium: roughly 237 mg
Folate (Vitamin B9): approximately 40 mcg
Vitamin A: about 240 IU
Calcium: roughly 52 mg
* The above facts are for a medium-sized orange (about 131 grams).
These values are approximate and can vary based on the specific variety of orange and its size.
Bursting with flavor and a myriad of nutrients, orange is a citrus wonder rather than just a delicious treat.
Orange is a potent fruit that obese and overweight people can use for food as medicine to help release unnecessary and unhealthy extra pounds.
Adding orange to the winter diet can be a pleasant way to boost one’s levels of essential nutrients, and potentially improve one’s immunity, for general well-being during the colder months.
Blood oranges can be very nutritious.
The best oranges are from organic farms and legitimate farmers’ markets.
Oranges from clean farming markets are likely to provide the integrity of their nutrients to a consumer, compared to the highly processed commercially-available oranges that contain an overload of preservatives, fungicides, mold retardants, plastic by-products, pesticides, and other hazardous chemicals.
Beware of any deformed, sorry-looking fruits with labels, numbers, and barcodes on them. As a rule of thumb:
Use produce from eco-conscious farming sources. Any four-number label marked on produce starting with numbers 3 or 4 indicates that the produce is of the lowest quality and is chemically treated. GMO produce has a five-number code that starts with the number 8. Organic produce comes with five numbers starting with 9.
In summary, while orange offers a delicious way to boost your intake of essential nutrients and antioxidants — promoting overall health and well-being — it also helps keep your weight consistently balanced in a rather effortless way.
Sri Regine Lherisson-Bey
Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany
Sri Regine Lherisson-Bey, Ph.D. and doctorate degree candidate in Natural Medicine, is a Mind-Body Therapist, Wellness Coach, and published Author voted Wellness Expert by peer consensus in 2005. Therapist Lherisson-Bey is the author of the Kindle bestseller HOW TO DETOXIFY YOUR LIFE NATURALLY as well as the weight management program GET SLIM EFFORTLESSLY. From an original CD, the publication has evolved into an instructional picture book, an eBook, and an effective weight management program. Therapist Lherisson-Bey’s works have been featured on TV, radio, and in several magazines in the past 32 years.
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