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Orange Nutritional Value

The nutritional value of oranges, a favorite citrus fruit is very high. The following article on orange nutritional value will help you know more about the health benefits of this citrus fruit.
A hybrid fruit cultivated by ancient farmers by crossing Citrus maxima (pomelo) and Citrus reticulata (tangerine), orange has become the primary source of vitamin C for Americans. Oranges have been a favorite fruit that is eaten raw or even made into the all famous orange juice. There are plenty of orange nutritional health benefits. The following few paragraphs will cover some of the orange nutritional value information and point out how orange is good for health.

Orange Fruit Types
You will find that there are over 600 varieties of oranges. Of these 600 varieties, the most popular varieties are Valencia, Hamlin, Pineapple Oranges, Temple Oranges, Washington Navel, Red Cara Navel, Blood Oranges, Amber sweet, Moro Orange, Seville Orange, Jaffa, Persian Variety, Parson Brown, etc.

Nutritional Value of Orange
The following orange nutritional information is for 100 gm orange. Oranges contain vitamin C, calcium, folate and also contain good amount of fiber and antioxidants.
  • Vitamin A - 295 IU
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamine) - 0.114 mg
  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) - 0.052 mg
  • Niacin - 0.369 mg
  • Folate - 39 mcg
  • Pantothenic Acid - 0.328 mg
  • Vitamin B6 - 0.079 mg
  • Vitamin C - 69.7 mg
  • Vitamin E - 0.24 mg
  • Potassium - 237 mg
  • Phosphorus - 18 mg
  • Magnesium - 13 mg
  • Calcium - 52 mg
  • Iron - 0.13 mg
  • Selenium 0.7 mcg
  • Manganese - 0.033 mg
  • Copper - 0.059 mg
  • Zinc - 0.09 mg
  • Protein - 1.23 gm
  • Calories - 62
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.1 gm
Orange Nutritional Information
According to the orange nutritional information available, oranges contain calcium in high levels and thus, help in protecting and maintaining healthy bones. Oranges also contain beta-carotene that is one of the most powerful antioxidant that helps protect cells from damage. Vitamin B6 in oranges helps in maintaining the hemoglobin levels of blood. Also, you can maintain your blood pressure levels as magnesium helps keep it in check. The folic acid in oranges helps in brain development and potassium helps in maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system.

Orange Nutrition Facts
  • If you drink a glass of calcium fortified orange juice, it will be absorbed by the body better than calcium in a glass of milk.
  • An orange contains 50 mg vitamin C that is about 2/3 amount of daily vitamin C requirement.
  • Marmalades are made of bitter oranges that cannot be eaten raw.
  • Oranges are orange due to cold temperatures where they grow. However, in the tropical countries where oranges grow they have a green to green yellow color.
Those were a few orange nutritional facts, that show that these oranges are a good health option.
By Batul Nafisa Baxamusa
Published: 3/22/2010
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