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Why do you eat oranges?
Lifestyle & Wellness

Why do you eat oranges?

 

Orange is the most popular and widely-consumed citrus fruit. Orange is the primary source of vitamin C for European explorers and sailors during the Age of Discovery to protect against scurvy. In Asian culture, it is traditionally regarded as a symbol of health and recovery. 

 

Oranges are commonly consumed for their abundant vitamin C and dietary fiber contents. Vitamin C, in addition to its nutritional functions, acts as antioxidants protecting our body tissues against oxidants1. Dietary fibers offer additional digestive health benefits than nutritional ones2

 

Those are not all. Oranges can offer health benefits beyond vitamin C and dietary fibers, on which I will elaborate in my next post.

 

1 Granger M, Eck P. Dietary Vitamin C in Human Health. Adv Food Nutr Res. 2018;83:281-310.


2 Veronese N, Solmi M, Caruso MG, Giannelli G, Osella AR, Evangelou E, Maggi S, Fontana L, Stubbs B, Tzoulaki I. Dietary fiber and health outcomes: an umbrella review of systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Am J Clin Nutr. 2018 Mar 1;107(3):436-444.

 

 

Posted on 16 Feb, 2021
Posted by Dr. Loke Wai Mun

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