I have never really been a huge fan of oranges, mostly because the thought of orange juice disgusts me. I can’t really separate in my head oranges from orange juice, hence I have never featured oranges on my blog.
Blood oranges are of course all the rage on instagram during the winter due to their beautiful color. And I too want to be part of that action. But for reasons described above, I was hesitant about blood oranges because I wasn’t sure of how they different from oranges.
So I asked Alexa, just kidding, I dont have one, but I googled it.
I discovered they have a different flavor than oranges and even might have some undertones of berries. That sounded good enough to me, so I figured I could give them a try in my recipes.
Four Facts about Blood Orange Nutrition
- Although all oranges are high in Vitamin C, Blood oranges have up to 40% more than navel oranges.
- Blood oranges have higher amounts of Anthocyanins than navel oranges. Anthocyanins are antioxidants that can help to prevention damage to cells which is thought to play a role in cancer prevention and to reduce inflammation.
- All oranges are fat-free or very low in fat, cholesterol-free, and sodium-free.
- All oranges are a good source of Folate. One orange can account for about 10% of your daily needs. Folate is best known for preventing neural tube defects in unborn fetus’ so its an essential vitamin for pregnant women.