Why they’re worth the $1 a piece
- They are full of vitamin C. One large orange will cover you for the whole day. Vitamin C is not just good for your immune system. It also boosts collagen production, which makes your skin look younger. Vitamin C also helps the body to absorb iron and acts as a protective antioxidant. Which is great, I applaud that. But did you catch that thing about less wrinkles? Um, score.
- Nobody wants to play with the kid who has Scurvy. Nobody.
- They’re full of fiber. Whole oranges have that white membrane stuff all over. It’s good for you. Keeps you fuller longer. Among other benefits which are a little too gross to go into. Look it up if you feel the need.
- They have decent amounts of folate and calcium. They’re not going to get you there all by themselves, but they sure help you inch up to your daily intake. This helps your bones and your red blood cell production. Yay bones! Yay red blood cells!
- They’re virtually fat free.
- They’re in love with Cranberry Scones. In love. Great, great combination.
- They’re full of water. Dehydration makes you feel tired, makes you look tired, and weirdly, makes your wrinkles more pronounced. Water carries vitamins around our bodies like a rickshaw driver on crack. You will look and feel better if you are hydrated.
- They’re available year round. Obviously better tasting at some times than others, but pick up your oranges in the store and surreptitiously smell them. Should smell like an orange. And feel heavy for the size. See seasonal chart below.
- Oranges are delicious. Delicious. Best reason to eat anything.
Fine, I am a little obsessed with wrinkles.
Yes, I know.
The world has bigger problems.
I have bigger problems.
I also know they’re my body’s roadmap of experience.
Still, wrinkles get my goat.