One orange (130 grams) provides about 62 calories, 15.3 grams of carbohydrates, 1.2 grams of protein and 3.1 grams of fibre.
The fruit is a rich source of Vitamin C and also contains Vitamin A, thiamine, folates, calcium, and potassium; its 170 different phytonutrients and 60+ flavonoids have anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting properties and are strong antioxidants.
Oranges are heart-healthy — their potassium content helps lower blood pressure, protecting against stroke and cardiac arrhythmias.
What’s more, polymethoxylated flavones (PMF) found in citrus fruit peels lower cholesterol more effectively than some prescription drugs, and without side effects.
Limonin in oranges and other citrus fruits help fight mouth cancer, skin cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, stomach cancer and colon cancer. Limonin is a potent anti-carcinogen that may continuously prevent cancerous cells from proliferating.
Oranges also help prevent kidney stones. They help increase urinary pH value and increase citric acid excretion, reducing the risk of calcium oxalate stones forming.
And a daily glass of freshly squeezed orange juice can significantly lower your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
Drink oranges always and your health will improve.