By now, you’re probably familiar with the orange fruit that is so ubiquitous in American cuisine.
You know that fruit that you can’t get enough of.
And you probably also know that orange juice.
You probably know that one of the most popular types of orange juice, the juice from an orange tree, is made from a variety of fruits called orange blossom oranges.
And, like all fruit, orange blosse is full of antioxidants and vitamins, and it’s the fruit that’s most popular in the U.S. As the world gets hotter, and as our taste buds get bigger, we are becoming increasingly concerned about our health.
And for good reason: there are many health benefits to eating more fruits and vegetables than we currently do.
Here’s a look at some of the health benefits of eating more fruit and vegetables.1.
You may lose weight.
A recent study published in the journal Cell Metabolism found that consuming more fruit, vegetables, and whole grains for six weeks led to an increase in weight loss.2.
It can help prevent the development of type 2 diabetes.
A 2015 review published in Diabetes Care concluded that eating more whole fruits and veggies was linked to a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetic disease.3.
It’s the perfect energy source.
A 2017 study published by the journal Science found that eating a moderate amount of fruit and vegetable consumption during a high-calorie diet was associated with a reduction in total body weight and waist circumference, as well as a decrease in insulin resistance, and a reduction of serum total and LDL-cholesterol levels.4.
It reduces inflammation.
A 2014 review published by Cell Metabolic Reviews found that high intakes of fruits and other fruits and vegetable foods during a low-caloric diet were associated with an increase of serum levels of interleukin-6, which is known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.5.
It improves your memory.
A study published on December 31, 2017, in the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that a single serving of a fruit juice contains a whopping 1.9 milligrams of vitamin C, which can help with memory loss, cognitive impairment, and mental disorders.6.
It promotes weight loss and weight loss prevention.
A 2012 review published on February 24, 2018, in PLOS ONE found that, in a randomized, controlled trial, eating less orange blanche (or any fruit) for two weeks resulted in a reduction by 17 percent in weight lost, an increase by 4 percent in waist circumference reduction, and an increase from 10 to 20 percent in plasma glucose levels.7.
It lowers the risk for heart disease.
A 2013 review published February 20, 2018 in PLos ONE found a positive effect of a Mediterranean diet (the Mediterranean diet is a combination of Mediterranean fruits and fruits and veg and nuts, plus low-fat dairy) on reducing the risk from coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke, and all-cause mortality.8.
It increases your mood.
A 2016 review published January 21, 2018 by the American Heart Association concluded that a Mediterranean-style diet (a diet rich in whole fruits, vegetables and whole grain foods) reduces the risk by 10 percent of all-causes-related mortality, from a risk of 2.8 to 1.6 per 1,000 persons.9.
It helps with acne.
A review published March 4, 2018 on the British Medical Journal found that citrus fruits have been shown to improve acne by reducing the production of sebum and increasing the production and transport of lactic acid, an acid that causes acne.10.
It boosts your immune system.
A 2011 review published the journal Clinical and Molecular Immunology found that fruit and veggie consumption during pregnancy resulted in an increase to serum levels and a decrease to levels of IL-10, a cytokine that is responsible for the production, distribution, and activation of a variety, including T-cells and macrophages.11.
It aids digestion.
A 2009 review published Food and Chemical Toxicology found a significant effect of whole fruit and leafy vegetables on the metabolism of dietary macronutrients, which includes iron, zinc, and vitamin C.12.
It protects against Alzheimer’s disease.
Research published in The Lancet Neurology in 2015 found that the consumption of a low fat, high fiber diet reduced the incidence of Alzheimer’s dementia in the elderly.13.
It makes you feel good.
A 2008 review published The Lancet Neurosciences found that consumption of whole fruits increased the secretion of epinephrine, which promotes brain function and improves cognitive performance.14.
It keeps you active.
A 2007 review published PLOS Medicine found that fruits and fruit juices contain more vitamin C and are more than 50 percent less energy dense than juice from other fruits.15.
It enhances digestion.
One study published The American Journal of Physiology, Endocrinology, and Metabolics (AJPEAM) published in March 2017 found that orange bloess, or orange juice from oranges, contain more antioxidants and fiber than