Reading the following blog post should help you understand why eating a whole orange is better than just popping regular over the counter vitamin pills and supplements.
During recent studies food scientists have identified why eating an orange is much better for you than simply popping a vitamin C or other pills.
Researchers at Brigham Young University, in Utah, have found it is the unique mix of antioxidants that work much more effectively together than they do separately.
Antioxidants slow the ageing process of cells, protect them against cancer and may help ward off heart disease, although the evidence for the last is contested. If the ageing process in your cells is slowed the overall ageing and debilitation of the body is also retarded.
Tory Parker, assistant professor of nutrition, dietetics and food science, said: "There's something about an orange that's better than taking a vitamin C capsule, and that's really what we're trying to figure out. "We think it's the particular mixture of antioxidants in an orange that makes it so good for you."
He and his colleagues examined whether "phenolic compounds" found in oranges – these bio-chemicals that are known to have antioxidant and antimicrobial qualities - worked in "synergy" with each other.
These same phenolic compounds are used by plants to protect themselves from decay and biological attack.
The team concluded their theory was "true".
Prof Parker said: "Fruit should be your dessert – remember, before cookies, candy and other sugary snacks became so widespread, the eating of fruits was our sweets or the dessert course." A habit we should try to get back to.
This research has been published in The Journal of Food Science.
Part of research into most commercial vitamins efficacy shows that getting your vitamins from foods results in the vitamin compounds being retained and used by your body rather than just being excreted.
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