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Oranges and Their Famous Juice

The Fruit

The orange fruit has been very popular due its adorable, bright shades. Oranges are the fruit of the orange tree which has been cultivated widely all over the world. Among other fruit-bearing trees, the orange tree is the most widespread and common. The fruit has a juicy sweet flavor with an amazing twist of sour tinge. The taste itself suggests what nutrient the fruit contains -the sour but healthy Vitamin C!. The trees of oranges grow wildly in tropical and subtropical countries. Oranges have been popular for its juice but their aromatic peelings have also been used to make perfumes, colognes, or air fresheners.

Brazil and United States which are both productive and industrialized countries, competed for the title “the largest orange producer” in the world.  However, Brazil produces twice as many oranges as United States.

Today, orange products include a wide variety of juices, jams, flavorings, fragrances, fresh fruits, orange oil, repellent, and its blossoms are also used as bridal flowers.

some orange products

Etymology

The term ‘orange’ originally came from the Sanskrit, a historical and classical Indo-Aryan language, which means ‘fragrant’. The sweet orange is called ‘nagarugam’ in Tamil, while the bitter one is named ‘narandam’.

Orange Juice for All Ages!

Orange juice is at the top of the list when it comes to America’s favorite fruit drink! This juice is literally a must-drink for all ages, from toddler, teenagers, pregnant women all the way to an elderly. This is because everyone of us despite the age differences need Vitamin C, and the orange fruit is one of the best sources of this essential vitamin. Drinking orange juice detoxifies the body, but not just that, it would you with a feeling of freshness and rejuvenation!

But try not to consume too much of the commercialized or instant orange juices which can be easily found in supermarkets because there is a pretty good chance that they contain food preservatives and additives.  Additives and preservatives are a big “NO! NO!” for our health. If possible extract your orange juice directly from fresh oranges and you’ll be rewarded with all of its concentrated health benefits.

Orange Juice Benefits

Almost all American families drink orange juice every day, making it more and more popular than apple juice and any other juice. Some people might not be aware of the health benefits of orange juice. So, here are the exact health benefits offered to us by this celebrity-like orange juice . Here are some reasons why we should drink this juice in a regular basis.

For a good head-start, it is proudly the 3rd major source of Vitamin C among all fruits next to the tropical guava and yellow kiwifruit. But technically, oranges still have more advantages than guavas and kiwifruits because both of these fruits are not available in all parts of the world. What does Vitamin C do to our bodies? Well, it stimulates and strengthens our immune system making us defensive and resistant against bacteria and viruses. Orange juice is also an excellent antioxidant. It would make us look younger and healthier. It also helps prevent ulcers. The vitamin C in orange juice purifies our skin from the wastes and oils, transforming it into a fresh, fair, and glowing skin.

Oranges are also rich in fibers which sweep and cleanse harmful and unwanted materials from our bodies, especially from our digestive tract. This means it helps with constipation. Its magnesium and hesperidin regulate the normal blood pressure; its iron and vitamin B6 produce more red blood cells, thus increaseoxygen supply. This citrus fruit could also make our bones and teeth healthier due to its calcium content.

Orange Nutritional Facts

per 1 cup of orange (180 g)

84. 6 Calories

Carbohydrates:  21.1 g

Protein:  1.7 g

Vitamin A:  405 IU

Vitamin B6:  0.1 mg

Vitamin C:  95. 8 mg

Vitamin E:  0.3 mg

Thiamin:  0.2 mg

Riboflavin:  0.1 mg

Niacin:  0.5 mg

Folate:  54 mcg

Choline:  15.1 mg

Calcium:   72.0 mg

Iron:  0.2 mg

Magnesium: 18 mg

Phosphorus:  25.2 mg

Potassium:  326 mg

Zinc:  0.1 mg

Copper:  0.1 mg

Selenium:  0.9 mcg

Fresh Orange Juice Recipe 

Ingredients: 

ice-cold orange juice

  • 4 medium oranges
  • Ice cubes
  • 4 tablespoons of white sugar (optional)

Directions:

  1. Cut each orange in half and squeeze into a glass, if you want to extract more or most of its juice, then peel off its skin and use a juicer.
  2. Refrigerate for 2 hours for a thirst-quenching effect
  3. Drop some ice cubes just right before serving in a tall drinking glass.
  4. Enjoy this healthy ice-cold experience!

 

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