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Oranges

Background: 

There are many types of oranges that can be found at most grocery stores. The most common varieties include mandarin, tangerine, navel and other orange hybrids. With worldwide trade, oranges are available all year round, but peak season is the beginning of spring. 

 

Benefits of Oranges: 

  • Citrus fruits like oranges have a high beta-carotene content, which is a compound that is converted into Vitamin A in our bodies. Vitamin A is crucial to a healthy immune system, preventing infections, and keeping our eyes and skin healthy. 
  • Oranges are also well known for their great source of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and antioxidant that contributes to overall health by supporting the immune system and improving the absorption of other nutrients, like iron.  
  • Oranges also provide a source of calcium, which is a mineral that is used to build strong bones and teeth as well as help your muscles move and your heart beat properly.  
  • A great source of potassium. Potassium is used throughout the body in various balance roles: balancing fluid levels, acid-base balance, blood pressure regulation and more. 

 

Nutritional value of 1 medium-sized orange: 

  • 62 calories 
  • 15 g carbohydrate 
  • 2.3 g fibre  
  • 1.2 g protein 
  • 0.2 g fat 
  • 100% of daily recommended vitamin C intake 

Did You Know? 

The “pith” of an orange is the white part beneath the peel and around the core of the fruit. This part is a good source of fibre and A, B and C vitamins.  

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