Are oranges fattening?


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Oranges are not inherently fattening, according to Fruit and Veggies More Matters. Weight gain is attached to excessive calorie consumption, and a typical orange has about 80 calories. Loaded with 4 grams of fiber and 100 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C, an orange is a healthy snack that can satiate hunger, and when eaten as part of a healthy diet, can be completely healthy.

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Oranges are also a great source of the B vitamin folate, calcium, magnesium and potassium, as well as other phytonutrients, according to Fruit and Veggies More Matters.

According to the Daily Mail, the main problem with oranges comes when they are juiced, leaving behind the valuable pulp and fiber that helps the body regulate its response to the high levels of fructose sugar in the juice alone. Fiber forms a protective barrier to the intestinal tract, which allows for the slower absorption of sugar and gives the liver a chance to process the sugar over a longer period of time. When excessive orange juice is consumed, the sugar can overwhelm the liver because that protective layer is not present. The Daily Mail warns that this can lead to health problems, such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease.

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