One fo the most popular fruits in the world, the orange is actually a modified berry with a tough, leathery rind. Rarely found in cooler climates, it was long considered a rare and expensive delicacy. Like all citrus fruits, the orange is acidic, with a pH level around 2.5 to 3 - as strong as vinegar, though not as strong as lemon. Americans consume most of their oranges in the form of juice. This processing removes most, or all, of the fiber.
- high in herperidin, a flavonone thought to lower high blood pressure and cholesterol
- rich in flavonoids that inhibit blood clotting and guard against stroke
- full of limonoids, compounds that fight cancers of the entire digestive tract
- with over 170 phytonutrients, a rich source of daily nutritional requirements