Orange is the New Black

By Faith Magbanua, July 07, 2017 23:07 PM



Why eating orange can be beneficial to your health?

Well, let's just say that there are actually thousands of reasons why eating an orange a day is a good idea.

Here are a few reasons why eating oranges is good for you:

1.        They are low in calories but full of nutrients, they promote clear, healthy skin and can help to lower our risk for many diseases and conditions as part of an overall healthy and varied diet.

2.       An orange has over 170 different phytochemicals and more than 60 flavonoids, many of which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and strong antioxidant effects.

3.       It's basically good for your skin.  Vitamin C can clear your pimple marks, make your skin brighter and helps fight the symptoms of a cold.

4.        According to  Oranges contain phytochemicals that protect against cancer.

5.       Oranges are rich in citrus limonoids, proven to help fight a number of varieties of cancer including that of the skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon.

6.       They lower the risk of diseases.

7.       Oranges are full of vitamin C, which protects cells by neutralizing free radicals. Free radicals cause chronic diseases, like cancer and heart disease.

Orange can be commonly found in your grocery store, market and other places where you often buy food.  In fact, oranges are so common that you don't need to exert that much effort to buy one.

Brief history about oranges

The first wild ancestors of oranges and lemons probably evolved in Australia and New Guinea, where the first people probably began eating them soon after they arrived there, about 30,000 BC. 

As early as the Stone Age, people were already eating citrus fruits, including in places like China. Citron fruit may have reached China by floating in the ocean, or people on boats may have brought it. Citrons have also spread from the Pacific across Southeast Asia to India too, and from China and India, citrons soon reached Central Asia, West Asia, and East Africa through trade and other means. Citron also appeared in an Egyptian tomb painting from 1000 BC.

These citrons were not juicy, and people mainly ate the rind rather than the fruit, or used citron rind to make perfumes. Indian doctors knew citrus fruits could cure scurvy (Vitamin C deficiency), and so they tried it for a lot of other sicknesses too. Citrons reached ancient Greece and Rome not much later with Theophrastus describing the fruit in 310 BC in one of his writings. The Roman writers Virgil and Pliny called citrons mala Medica, "Persian apples".


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