Monday, 4 February 2013

Calories In An Orange And Other Nutrients

By Arold Augustin


The amount of calories in an orange is quite low when compared to other types of fruits. Nonetheless, they are a vital source of both vitamins and nutrients, mostly vitamin C. Despite having less dietary fiber, orange juice has more vitamin C than the whole fruit. What's more, oranges are among the planet's most popular and eaten fruits.

A medium sized fruit contains about 62 calories when raw, while when divided into sections, a cup of the same has about 85. For those who like it in juice form, a freshly squeezed cup has about 112 calories. A similar cup that is unsweetened and canned has about 85 nutrients. When made using frozen concentrate, an unsweetened cup of orange juice has 112 of the units when diluted using water.

The average size of an orange is between 2 and 3 inches in diameter. The calorie count given above for an entire fruit is for a medium sized one that has a diameter of about two and a half inches and a weight of 131g. Smaller oranges contain a slightly less calorie count while bigger ones have a few more.

Being a source of Vitamin C is perhaps what oranges are best known for. Moreover, they provide vitamin A, calcium, vitamin1, potassium and foliate in abundant amounts. Dietary fiber is also provided by oranges that are unpeeled.

Eating oranges has several health benefits, in addition to being sweet and refreshing. The risk of a person getting cancer of the colon is greatly reduced by the vitamin C contained in them. These nutrients also contribute to the protection of the immune system.

Other health benefits attributed to oranges include assisting in the prevention of kidney stones and ulcers. The fruit also reduces the severity of numerous inflammatory diseases the likes of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, as well as asthma.

When compared with light and spongy oranges, heavy and firm ones with a smooth skinned texture are juicier. In most cases, the calories in an orange that is bigger in size are slightly more, while such big ones have less juice smaller ones. What's more, the fruits with a thin skin have more juice than those with thinner skin. Fully ripened fruits contain a high concentration of antioxidants. Oranges can be stored in either a refrigerator or any place with room temperature, depending on how one prefers to consume them. Whichever the method of storage, the fruit can last for about two weeks.




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