Is Orange Pith Good for You?
Orange pith has nearly the same amount of vitamin-C as the flesh.
When we eat our oranges, we usually peel away the thick layer of skin and remove the bitter white part, also known as pith. But do you know how much healthy content you are throwing away from the tasty oranges?
The white part of the rind, including the pith, has nearly the same amount of vitamin-C as the flesh and contains sources of pectin. Pectin is a soluble dietary fiber with potential to lower serum cholesterol, relieve diarrhea, act as an immune system stimulant and as anti-ulcer agent.
The pith, part of the protection layer for the orange, contains high levels of fiber, anti-cancer agents and important bioflavonoids (an antioxidant).It also contains hesperidin which helps to protect the heart by lowering blood pressure and regulating cholesterol levels. Adding a bit of orange peel shavings to your meals will greatly increase your consumption of hesperidin.
If you are cooking with orange pith, consider using some of the peels as well. Studies have found that the orange peels, consisting of over 60 flavonoids and 170 different phytonutrients, can offer you many health benefits.
Research have found that the flavonoids can retard the growth of cancer cells, polymethoxyflavones and liminoid may protect against lung cancer, and hesperidin and polymethoxylate can help lower cholesterol levels.
So next time when you have an orange, think twice about peeling off those healthy beneficial white piths and healthy peels.
Interesting Facts About Oranges
- Navel oranges are named after their appearances – the bottom part of it looks like a belly-button.
- Orange juice only has 25% of the vitamin-C of the whole orange.
- Orange is the world’s third favorite flavor. First and second was chocolate and vanilla.
- Brazil is the largest orange producer in the world.
- Oranges have more fiber content than most fruits and vegetables.
- The famous William Shatner once worked behind the counters of a local orange juice store.