Eat Honeybell Oranges for Your Health
We've been told time and time again, but we don't seem to want to listen. Nutritionists, dietitians, and medical professionals have been exhorting us to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables for decades now. The U.S. government even set 'modest' goals for the amount of produce people should eat back in 2000. A decade later, less than one-third of us had reached those 'modest' thresholds, and the government pretty much threw in the proverbial towel.
Why the shortfall?
The number one reason why fruit is on the endangered foods list, is because other, cheaper, more readily available snacks have supplanted them. Pretzels, potato chips, nuts, and other bagged snacks are designed for eating on the go, which is what most Americans do these days. They can also be stored for months or longer in vending machines and on shelves, while fruit has a sell-by date of only a few weeks.
What about juice?
Because they last a lot longer and aren't as messy as fresh fruit, fruit juices are how most Americans get their serving or two of fruit each day. The only problem is that fruit juices aren't nearly as good for us as fresh fruit. Why? When fruit is juiced, the skin, pulp, pith, and seeds are discarded. Unfortunately, these throwaways are where most of the healthy compounds are found.
Is there a solution?
It's hard to envision a day where Americans will get most of their daily fruit servings from fresh fruit. But we can certainly incorporate more fresh fruit into our diets if we buy the right varieties. No, we're not talking about the oranges or apples you buy in bags at your local supermarket. More often than not, those are the lowest quality fruits around, which is why they are sold at deeply discounted prices. It is also why most people buy them and never finish them.
When you buy a bag of oranges at your local grocery store, odds are they'll be Navels, which is the most common eating orange in the U.S. Navels range in quality from decent to barely edible. In the average bag, you may get a few okay oranges, and others that you simply have to throw away. This incredible inconsistency had turned millions of consumers off to fresh fruit in recent years. Our answer? Don't buy 'fresh' fruit at the supermarket! Why?
By the time those bags of oranges reach you, odds are they've been sitting around for over a week, maybe two. In that time, they lose most of their flavor and some of their juice. It is for this reason that we recommend purchasing Honeybell Oranges directly from commercial orchards on the Internet.
What are Honeybells?
One of the rarest and most sought-after citrus varieties on the planet, the Honeybell Orange is actually a tangelo–a cross between a tangerine and a grapefruit. The ultimate eating orange (or tangelo), the Honeybell is grown mostly in Florida and is only available during the month of January. Why are we recommending such a hard-to find fruit? Because it's the best snack for you will ever eat…period!
No, you won't be able to enjoy them all the time, but they can help you get more fresh fruit into your diet for at least a few months a year. And after that, you'll be hooked! Trust us.