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Oranges- A Perfect Snack for Work by Carlos Perez

carlos webI love oranges. If you are like me, then you can eat them all the time anytime.  Oranges are one of my favorite fruits – and they go well with anything. They are such a healthy and easy-to-pack snack for work.  Most of us probably enjoy them, but do you know the health benefits and risks of eating oranges? If your answer is no, then I will inform you about some of the pros and cons of having oranges as a staple in your diet.

One of the most well-known benefits is that oranges are a great source of vitamin C. The role that vitamin C plays in our body can lead to many health benefits such as preventing colon cancer, asthma, and many forms of arthritis. It also helps create a healthier immune system, helps lower cholesterol, fights off colds, and can also help prevent reoccurring ear infections.  A peeled orange on its own is beneficial, which is a great source of fiber and helps with constipation or diarrhea with people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome. Studies have shown that oranges also help prevent harmful diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, stomach cancer, ulcers, and kidney stones.

orangeNow that you know some positives, let’s go over the risks. Although they are good for you, like most things in life, eat oranges in moderation.  Although oranges are one of the lower glycemic fruits, they do contain sugar, which is never good to consume in excess.  Take note that an eight-oz. glass of orange juice has roughly 22 grams of sugar. To make orange juice, the fruit is stripped of its fiber, making it less filling than a whole orange.  For these reasons, orange juice should be consumed in moderation.

When oranges are eaten in excess, all the fiber intake can affect your digestion, causing abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Too much vitamin C can cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, bloating or cramps, headaches, insomnia, or kidney stones. In my opinion, I believe the benefits provided from oranges outweigh the negative risks. So, grab an orange and eat it up!

The information provided is for general interest only and should not be misconstrued as a diagnosis, prognosis or treatment recommendation. This information does not in any way constitute the practice of medicine, or any other health care profession. Readers are directed to consult their health care provider regarding their specific health situation. Marque Medical is not liable for any action taken by a reader based upon this information.