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LET´S LISTEN TO THE PLANTS: ORANGES

By Dr. med. Claudia Schmiemann

Oranges, with their vibrant color and refreshing taste, are one of the most popular fruits worldwide. When it comes to production, Brazil stands out as the top producer, significantly influencing the global orange and orange juice market. Following closely are regions in the United States, particularly Florida and California, with each focusing on different market needs. The widespread love for oranges isn’t just about their taste; these fruits are a powerhouse of health benefits. Packed with vitamin C, they play a pivotal role as antioxidants, helping to reduce inflammation and boost immune functions. Additionally, oranges offer a rich source of dietary fiber, promoting digestive health. Their potassium content aids in regulating blood pressure, ensuring proper muscle and nerve functions. Also noteworthy is the presence of folate, vital for cellular function and especially beneficial for pregnant women. The calcium content in oranges is outstanding: one orange a day may cover your need for highly bioavailable calcium.

If you’re heading to the market to pick up some oranges, quality is key. Here’s how to choose the best ones:

• Weight Matters: Opt for oranges that feel heavy for their size, indicating they are juicy.

• Skin Check: Firmness is a good sign. Avoid those with soft spots or a pitted appearance.

• Aroma: A sweet, strong scent often indicates a fresh and ripe orange.

• Organic: in order to avoid synthetic pesticides and other chemical treatments try to go as often as possible organic

• Processed oranges: as with any processed food check labels and make smart decisions in terms of how juice is produced and what ingredients are in there

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