Oranges are delicious. I don’t know many people who are willing to argue that. And of course, we all know they’re exceptionally high in Vitamin C. They’ve got plenty of phytonutrients with cholesterol lowering and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies show that a diet rich in citrus fruits has the ability to help protect the body from a variety of diseases.
One thing they aren’t is on the clean 15, so buy organic when possible. I usually pick up a bag of oranges at Wal-Mart for just under five bucks, which is a pretty good deal considering how expensive organic produce is these days.
Fruit vs. Juice
This debate is and probably always will be neverending. Some research suggests that the body can more easily absorb some nutrients via juice.
Do I drink orange juice?
Yes I do. I use oj as a method of curbing my craving for sweets. I prefer to stay away from sugary items and processed foods, and I’ve found that when I’ve got a hankerin’ for a cupcake or ten, oj will help curb that.
Most of the fiber is going to be located in the white outer part between the fruit and the peel as well as between the segments of the fruit. This is a turn off for some people and probably why they prefer the juice. And that’s fine. Personally, it doesn’t bother me. So on a regular basis, I’m going for the fruit itself.
How to use
Smoothies. If that’s your thing, oj has classically been used as a smoothie base. The fruit itself can be used in desserts and salads, both as a dressing and a garnish. It works with proteins like pork and poultry really well, especially chicken and duck. Orange is seen frequently in Asian cooking. The flavors work nicely with things like soy and sesame.
That’s it for today. Go forth. Get you some oranges. Eat them. Show no mercy. Sweep the leg.