Florida produces about 75% of the oranges in the U.S. and 40% of the world's orange juice supply. It is the second largest producer of oranges in the world after Brazil.
If you hold a Florida orange in one hand, and a non-Florida orange in the other, the Florida orange feels heavier. They have thin rinds, and as a result of Florida sunshine and rainfall, they are juicier on the inside compared to non-Florida oranges.
When you travel towards north of the state, you will see plenty of orange groves. In fact, on my first visit to my cousins in Polk County for the Christmas holidays, I had my regular fill of fresh orange juice from the oranges we picked from their backyard.
Two weeks ago, I stayed with them again over the weekend and when I went home, I brought with me two bagsful of oranges my cousin Ralson collected from their backyard.
Almost everyday, we drink freshly squeezed orange juice at home.
Here are some of the reasons why you should include real fresh orange juice into your diet:
1. One glass of fresh orange juice will ensure that you get your recommended daily dose of Vit. C
2. Fresh orange juice contains flavonoids which can help reduce blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels.
3. Freshly squeezed orange is high in antioxidants and dietary fiber, thiamine and folates.
4. Studies conducted have proven that fresh orange juice can protect one against cancer and heart disease as well as boost our immune system responses.
5. Drinking orange juice can reduce the damaging effects that free radicals have on the cells in our bodies.
6. The different flavonoids and phytonutrients in fresh orange juice can protect our bodies against a number of degenerative diseases.