The Humble Orange

The humble Orange looks happy and summery, with its bright orange packaging. It's as if it is meant to bring joy just by holding one. Under their summer bright outer layer lies an even more fantastic inside. The flesh of an orange, depending on the variety, can range from tart to sweet and is such a versatile fruit.

The nutritional benefits of an Orange are pretty impressive, but they are most known for their Vitamin C content. And for good reason. They pack a punch with an average sized Orange containing more than 100% of the daily RDI of Vitamin C.

To humans, Vitamin C is an essential vitamin, meaning that our bodies cannot make this nutrient, therefore we must obtain it from the foods we eat. Vitamin C is also water soluble and not able to be stored in the body - therefore we need to continue to consume adequate levels of the vitamin to keep our bodies healthy.

Vitamin C:

✅ Is involved in protein metabolism

✅ Is a powerful antioxidant

✅ Is involved in the production of collegen

✅ Assists with faster wound healing

✅ Helps the body to fight off infections

✅ Has been found to reduce the speed of growth in some cancerous tissues

✅ Has been found to lower cholesterol levels

✅ Enhances the absorption of iron

✅ Helps protect against heart disease, hypertension and high blood pressure through its interaction with blood vessels

Oranges are so versatile that they can be eaten alone, added to a salad or a meal, are a great compliment to chocolate or add them to your beverage or smoothie bowl.

What are you waiting for? Go and grab an Orange today!

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