Oranges are waste-free: Every part has unique health benefits

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(Natural News) Oranges are one of the most nutritious fruits you can find. They are one of the most popular flavors in many beverages and desserts and a staple in kids’ lunchboxes, whether in the form of fruit or juice. But oranges are more than juices and pulps.

When you think of oranges, you think of vitamin C. The fruit is an excellent source of the important antioxidant (much like other citrus fruits). But did you know that other parts of an orange can offer several health benefits as well? In fact, each part of an orange can be used, from the peels to its scent.

Peels

The orange peel is the layer of fiber that encases the whole fruit. The peels can be grated for orange zest, but they are more commonly thrown away. Unknown to many, orange peels have four times the amount of fiber compared to pulps.

Here are some of the health benefits of orange peels:

Pith

The pith is another part of an orange that is commonly removed. It is the white stringy layer found between the peels and the pulps. A common misconception is that the pith is bitter, when in fact, it is mostly tasteless. The pith contains as much nutrients as the rest of the orange, so it is best to consume it as well.

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Check out the health benefits of the pith:

Pulps

The pulps are the thin membranes containing the juice of an orange. They comprise only a small part of the whole fruit, but the juice makes them look bigger. Some people do not like pulp, but orange pulps contain lots of healthy compounds which add nutritional value to the juice.

The list below explains some of the health benefits of orange pulps:

Juice

The juice is the “meat” of an orange. It is the part that is mostly harvested and processed, but nothing compares to freshly squeezed orange juice. Aside from being additive-free, it also ensures that its nutritional value is kept at the highest potency.

Here are the health benefits of freshly squeezed orange juice:

Seeds

Even though they are often removed, orange seeds can be used for other purposes. One example is oil extracted from orange seeds. Listed below are some of the ways to use orange seed oil:

Aroma

Even the smell of oranges has health benefits. Citrus smells are often associated with calming environments. Studies have found that the smell of orange essential oils helps reduce anxiety and generates a more positive mood among participants.

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