Mighty Orange Sphere vs. Soupy Stuff

May 12, 2010
By Samantha Modrak BRONZE, Cannon Falls, Minnesota
Samantha Modrak BRONZE, Cannon Falls, Minnesota
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“Oh, the burn” is a statement often associated with citrus fruits, specifically oranges. Though criticized, the common acidic attacks to the cornea, hangnail, or paper cut should be replaced with a “hallelujah”. For, that fiery sensation is the vitamins at work. It’s their shouting proof of existence to us, and what better way to get the nutrients then to go natural (not squeezed). This brilliant fruit’s value is being misconstrued…into liquid form. Learning the drawbacks of OJ, the magic within a real orange, and how those natural powers can really impact a person will, ideally, spread my wisdom.
The daily orange juice breakfast routine is a necessity in some families’ households, but could this tradition be a douse from our dear planet Earth’s perspective? Coming from Brendan I. Koerner, professional writer and auditor of Slate Magazine, “concentrated-filled canisters are hardly an environmental boon.” All the chemically altered cardboard for freezers, or in other words, a non-recyclable material, just keeps pilling up in the already-overflowing land fills. Not to mention all the energy wasted on processing equipment like pasteurization, deaeration, and evaporation machines. Just when this monkey business seems to stop “cutt’n the mustard”, it gets better.
The Slate Magazine also stated that between Florida and Brazil producing half the world’s oranges, “95% of that fruit ends up as juice.” The man-made garbage deposits are yet again forced to endure the over-population impact. While on the “waste” topic, with demand rising, even the “juice-intended” oranges (which require less water) use about 129,000 cubic feet of H2O per acre. So, how many acres are in the average orange grove? Well, a heck of a lot. The amount of water needed would probably calculate to half a small lake. Understanding the fact that OJ needs more than twenty oranges per gallon, reducing juice manufacturing would greatly impact the waste of water for the good. Hence, another reason why the actual fruit is the better option.
Our Vitamin-C supply is limited to a short list of fruit, so where are we going to accumulate this necessity? The answer is simple, oranges. With the best price, it’s fiber, potassium and vitamins are totally convenient. Many benefits result from the consumption of this wonderful citrus too. Recently the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” and the Nation Health’s survey have been researching Vitamin-C. Their findings are quite interesting. It is theory that the vitamin has youthful effects on skin, preventing middle-aged wrinkling, or at least elongating the process. Though orange juice will acquire one with stronger skin as well, it can’t help internal health the way an orange can; and what’s good about skin if the body it encloses isn’t healthy?
During a tedious last May, the Fitness Magazine compared a medium sized orange to an eight-ounce glass of orange. They found that the juice had 110 calories and less than 1 gram of fiber, while the actual fruit contained only 62 calories and 3 trams fiber. Through all these numbers it is concluded that oranges are definitely a better choice than it’s liquefied brethren-across the board. The orange would serve as more filing, due to the fiber, and contain a sufficient about of calories-not too much, nor too little. Why some still own a craving for liquid orange is beyond me. Just resort to water people; OJ is merely an excuse to quench thirst while caving into commercialization. It’s obvious that natural oranges are the way to go.
Now when those antioxidant properties penetrate any “ouchie” with sharp pangs, you’ll be grateful they can. As for orange juice, it just isn’t worth the effort. In this case, something along the lines of a boycott against this monstrosity is most likely necessary. After we achieve that, you can squish the juice out of your own orange, top it off with water and sugar all you want. It’s my guarantee that this time the liquid won’t be the factor to float your boat; it’ll be the fruit.

The author's comments:
OJ is a total rip off the best fruit alive and I'm not gunna b the one to let it stand in my way!

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on Jun. 27 2010 at 2:14 pm
allisonl97 BRONZE, =), Wisconsin
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this was different...but in a good way!!! so many resources are being wasted on things we dont nessicarily need...but want. thanks for the cool article and please check mine out: middle school drama and why??? they are in the health section of hot topics under recent articles!!


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