Apple is often talked about and orange fruit is just lagging behind. But this citrus fruit is essential to our body being so rich in Vitamin C and lowers the risk of being afflicted with various ailments.
Orange is the citrus fruit belonging to the Rutaceae family, of the genus. The family also includes other related species of oranges such as pomelo, tangerine or mandarin orange, yuzu, lemon, and grapefruit. Its scientific name is Citrus Sinensis.
Oranges are round citrus fruits with finely-textured skins that are, of course, orange in color just like their pulpy flesh. They usually range from about two to three inches in diameter.
Why is the fruit colored orange? It’s because oranges are a subtropical, not tropical fruit. The color of an orange depends on where it grows. In more temperate climate, it’s green skin turns orange when the weather cools; but in countries where it’s always hot, the chlorophyll is preserved and the fruit stays green.
According to “the world’s healthiest foods” (http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=37), oranges originated thousands of years ago in Asia, in the region from southern China to Indonesia from which they spread to India. Although Renaissance paintings display oranges on the table in paintings of “The Last Supper,” the assumption that they were grown in this region at this time seems to be erroneous since oranges were not cultivated in the Middle East until sometime around the 9th century. Sweet oranges were introduced into Europe around the 15th century by various groups including the Moors, and the Portuguese as well as the Italian traders and explorers who found them on their voyages to Asia and the Middle East.
Orange trees began to be grown in the Caribbean Islands in the late 15th century after Christopher Columbus brought the seeds there, on his second voyage to the New World. Spanish explorers are responsible for bringing oranges to Florida in the 16th century, while their missionaries brought them to California in the 18th century. Then they began cultivating this citrus fruit in the two states widely known for their oranges.
Before the 20th century, oranges were very expensive and therefore they were not regularly consumed, but rather eaten on special holidays such as Christmas.
After more efficient means of transportation were developed, and food processors invented methods for utilizing orange by-products such as citric acid and bioflavonoids, the price of oranges dropped, and they could be consumed on a wide scale, as they are today. Currently, the countries that known to be the largest commercial producers of oranges include the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, China and Israel.
- Orange’s Potential Protection against Cardiovascular Disease – In an Australian research group’s report, a diet high in citrus fruit provides significant protective effect against some types of cancer, plus a study showing that the citrus offers the most significant protection against esophageal, oro-phayngeal/laryngeal (mouth, larynx and pharynx), and stomach cancers. For these cancers, studies show risk reductions of 40-50%.
The World Health Organization’s recent draft report, “Diet, Nutrition and the Prevention of Chronic Disease,” concludes that a diet that features citrus fruits also offers protection against cardiovascular disease due to citrus fruits—folate, which is necessary for lowering levels of the cardiovascular risk factor, homocysteine. Their potassium helps lower blood pressure, protecting against stroke and cardiac arrhythmias and the vitamin C, carotenoids and flavonoids found in citrus fruits, all of which have been identified as having protective cardiovascular effects.
A US study includes evidence of positive effects associated with citrus consumption in studies for arthritis, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive impairment, Parkinson’s disease, macular degeneration, diabetes, gallstones, multiple sclerosis, cholera, gingivitis, optimal lung function, cataracts, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
Finally, the Report notes that as low fat, nutrient-rich foods with a low glycemic index, citrus fruits are protective against overweight and obesity, conditions which increase the risk of heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke, and add to symptoms of other conditions like arthritis.
- Compounds in Orange Peel May Lower Cholesterol as Effectively as Statin Drugs – A class of compounds found in citrus fruit peels called polymethoxylated flavones (PMFs) have the potential to lower cholesterol more effectively than some prescription drugs, and without side effects, according to a study by U.S. and Canadian researchers that was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
In the study, laboratory animals with diet-induced high cholesterol were given the same diet containing 1% PMFs (mainly tangeretin), their blood levels of total cholesterol, VLDL and LDL (bad cholesterol) were reduced by 19-27 and 32-40% respectively. Comparable reductions were also seen when the animals were given diets containing a 3% mixture of two other citrus flavonones, hesperidin and naringin.
- Oranges are a Very Good Source of Fiber – Oranges’ health benefits continue with their fiber, which has been shown to reduce high cholesterol levels thus helping to prevent atherosclerosis. Fiber can also help out by keeping blood sugar levels under control, which may help explain why oranges can be a very healthy snack for people with diabetes. In addition, the natural fruit sugar in oranges, fructose, can help to keep blood sugar levels from rising too high after eating. The fiber in oranges can grab cancer-causing chemicals and keep them away from cells of the colon, providing yet another line of protection from colon cancer. And the fiber in oranges may be helpful for reducing the uncomfortable constipation or diarrhea in those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.
- Oranges Possible Prevention of Kidney Stones – Want to reduce your risk of calcium oxalate kidney stones? Drink orange juice. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that when women drank 1/2 to 1 litre of orange, grapefruit or apple juice daily, their urinary pH value and citric acid excretion increased, significantly dropping their risk of forming calcium oxalate stones.
- Oranges May Prevent Ulcers and Reduce Risk for Stomach Cancer- An orange a day may help keep ulcers away, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. Research shows that participants with the highest blood levels of vitamin C had a 25% lower incidence of infection with Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), the bacterium responsible for causing peptic ulcers and in turn, an increased risk for stomach cancer.
- Oranges May Protect Respiratory Health – Consuming foods rich in beta-cryptoxanthin, an orange-red carotenoid found in highest amounts in oranges, corn, pumpkin, papaya, red bell peppers, tangerines, and peaches, may significantly lower one’s risk of developing lung cancer. A study published in the September 2003 issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention reviewed dietary and lifestyle data collected from over 60,000 adults in Shanghai, China. Those eating the most crytpoxanthin-rich foods showed a 27% reduction in lung cancer risk. When current smokers were evaluated, those who were also in the group consuming the most cryptoxanthin-rich foods were found to have a 37% lower risk of lung cancer compared to smokers who ate the least of these health-protective foods.
- Oranges May Offer Protection Against Rheumatoid Arthritis – New research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutritionadds to the evidence that enjoying a daily glass of freshly squeezed orange juice can significantly lower the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
- Data collected by the European Prospective Investigation of Cancer – study participants with the highest daily intake of the carotenoids, zeaxanthin and beta-cryptoxanthin, had a much lower risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis compared to individuals consuming the least of these beneficial phytonutrients. Those whose intake of zeaxanthin was highest were 52% less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis, while those with the highest intake of cryptoxanthin had a 49% reduction in risk. Pretty dramatic benefits for doing something as simple as enjoying a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice each day!
EFFECTS OF ‘OVEREATING’ ORANGE
Oranges normally have a highly respectable reputation. They’re full of immune-boosting vitamin C, offer numerous bone-building minerals and deliver a large dose of fiber. However, eating too much of these citrus, may quickly go from good to bad. Weight gain, heartburn and irregularity are some of the negative effects of overindulging in oranges.
- Increase in Weight – Oranges are low in calories in comparison to candy bars, chips, baked goodies and other snacks found in the vending machine. Eating too many oranges means that you’ll be consuming more calories than you may think. For example, a large 3-inch, 6 1/2-ounce orange contains about 85 calories. Snacking on one after each meal creates a 255-calorie surplus in your diet. Because you need to consume 3,500 calories more than you burn each day to gain a pound, you could be a pound heavier after two weeks.
- Pain from Acid Reflux- Frequent bouts of heartburn, medically known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, can be incredibly painful. If the sphincter that is supposed to stay shut at the base of your esophagus remains open, that stomach acid is free to travel upward. High-acid fruits, including oranges, are known to worsen this condition. Citrus fruits won’t increase the acid in your stomach, but their naturally high acid content could intensify pain you experience when you have heartburn.
- Difficulty Relieving Yourself – we know that fiber is essential for regularity. If you don’t normally have much fiber in your diet, quickly increasing your intake could slow down your bowels. You might go for a longer-than-normal period of time without relieving yourself. Or when you do try to go to the bathroom, stools could be hard, dry and challenging for you to pass.
- Diarrhea and Abdominal Cramps – Constipation isn’t the only digestive complication you could experience if you regularly eat lots of oranges. All that extra fiber may lead to diarrhea instead of, or in addition to, occasional back-up. If you’re having abdominal cramps, or if your gut is making a lot of gurgling sounds, you might be gearing up to pass a very loose stool.
As the saying goes, everything should be in moderation. Too much of anything is bad.
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