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Are Oranges Bad For You?



Short answer

Oranges are definitely not bad for you. They help protect against a variety of illnesses, and should be included in your diet to keep your body in fighting form.



Long answer

When we think of vitamin C, our minds often go straight to oranges. Not only are they one of the best natural sources of the nutrient, but they taste great, which is why vitamin C tablets are often orange-flavored. Vitamin C is a great antioxidant that strengthens the immune system so you'll be better able to ward off colds, flu, and infections. It protects against scurvy and neutralizes free radicals roaming your body so you have a lesser chance of developing inflammatory diseases, like heart disease and cancer. If you think you could use a vitamin C boost, grab an orange as one serving-- or one large orange-- has over 100% of your daily recommended intake. 

As well as vitamin C, oranges contain dietary fiber which helps maintain good digestive health. Fiber can prevent constipation by keeping your bowel movements regular. As an added bonus, the soluble fiber content lowers your "bad" cholesterol. Oranges are also a source of calcium, which aids the formation and maintenance of strong bones, as well as folate, which is necessary for proper fetal development. 

Pros aside, oranges do contain sugars and citric acid that can be a concern for teeth, as the combination can erode the enamel and lead to tooth decay. However, this is generally only a concern if they are eaten in large quantities or if there are pre-existing dental issues. So, as is the case for most things in life, enjoy in moderation and you will experience nothing but the great effects of these wonderful fruits!

Possible long-term side effects

  • eroded enamel / tooth decay

Ingredients to be aware of

Big are oranges bad for you


  • protection against colds and flues
  • lowered cholesterol
  • reduced inflammation
  • lowered risk of heart disease and cancer
  • strengthened immune system
  • protection against scurvy
  • increased regularity
  • maintenance of strong bones

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Written by Lindsay | 02-18-2016

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