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The health benefits of oranges beyond vitamin C

Sweet and juicy oranges are at their finest in the cooler months. Here are five great reasons to fill your fruit bowl with this versatile winter fruit.

1. Immune support

One orange provides almost double your daily needs of vitamin C to help stave off winter colds and flus.

2. Long-lasting energy

Oranges have a low glycaemic index. This means their energy is slowly released, so you feel full for longer after eating one.

3. Gut goodness

With around 15 per cent of your day’s fibre needs per fruit, oranges are a smart choice for a healthy digestive system.

4. Mums-to-be

Just one orange contains a quarter of an adult’s daily folate needs, a nutrient essential for pregnant women.

5. Refreshment in a fruit

A single orange contains just 280kJ (67cal), so enjoy this light and refreshing fruit instead of a handful of biscuits at morning or afternoon tea time.

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