February 20, 2014It is believed Christopher Columbus brought orange seeds to the Caribbean during his second trip to the 'New World' in the 15th century, now oranges are found throughout the United States and are one of the world's most popular fruit crops. They are delicous, healthy, come in many varieties and should be a part of any healthy diet! Bursting with healthy nutrients, including fiber, vitamin C, thiamine, folate and potassium, one orange supplies 130 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C. Citrus flavanones are found only in citrus fruits, and the flavanone herperidin found in oranges lowers inflammation and may reduce blood pressure and blood cholesterol. Oranges also contain choline, zeaxanthin, and carotenoids. All that for approximately 80 calories! Oranges offer a wealth of health benefits, including:
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