Red Color Gives Red Navel Oranges an Extra Nutritional Punch



red navelsA holiday favorite because of their brilliant red flesh, Florida Red Navel Oranges are only available from in December. Like Florida Navel Oranges, their non-blushing cousins, sweet red navels are rich in essential vitamins and nutrients. Providing more than 100% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C, navel oranges are also a good source of fiber, folate, vitamin B1, potassium, vitamin A and calcium. A slimming 60 calories and fat, cholesterol and salt-free, Florida Navel Oranges are recognized as one of the world’s healthiest foods. But in addition to all the nutritional benefits packed into the skin of every Florida Navel Orange, the bright red flesh of Florida Red Navel Oranges provides an extra nutritional kick not found in their paler cousins.

WebMD calls red fruits and vegetables “the new health powerhouse.” The flavonoids and phytonutrients that give Florida Red Navel Oranges and other red fruits and vegetables their vibrant scarlet color have special immune system-boosting properties that help your body fight off disease and infection. Red fruits and vegetables are packed with powerful antioxidants, including lycopene and anthocyanins, that neutralize the free radicals associated with cancer and many chronic diseases.

• Lycopene may help protect against prostate, cervical, lung and possibly breast cancer. It also helps decrease LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) and improves blood vessel function which can decrease your risk of stroke, heart attack and macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 60.

• Anthocyanins are the pigments that give red navels their bright hue, but they are also antioxidants with powerful anti-inflammatory properties that help your body’s immune system fight off disease, bacteria and cancer.

Don’t miss out on this delicious holiday treat. Red navels are only available in December and supplies may be limited, so order fresh-picked Florida Red Navel Oranges and Red Navel Deluxe Mixes from early before they’re gone!

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