(NaturalHealth365) Do you love the taste of tangerines and navel oranges? Just be careful – those beautifully colored oranges and tangerines may not really be all that healthy for us. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), every year, food manufacturers pour 15 million pounds of artificial food coloring into the United States food supply. And, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), they claim that if any dyes are used, they need to be labeled.
So, why don’t Florida oranges have a warning label about food dye substances? I can’t seem to get any answers, so when there are no answers, we must become vigilant.
What can we do to avoid dyes on oranges?
My best suggestions begin with buying organic oranges because the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) certification process does not allow food dyes. In addition, don’t buy conventional Florida oranges early in the season. Generally speaking, citrus red No. 2 is rarely used and only in the beginning of the season – before the nights have turned cold.
If your conventional orange is bright orange in the fall, it’s probably been dyed. Buy California or Arizona citrus, these states prohibit the use of citrus red No. 2.
A new way to supercharge your orange juice
Over the many decades of juicing oranges and grapefruits, we have found the best way to preserve all the most important nutrients to supercharge your fresh orange juice! Most everybody makes fresh orange juice with an electric reamer nowadays. Juicing them this way will transform the way you have made orange and grapefruit juices in the past.
If you have blood sugar troubles, try making fresh almond or walnut milk and add your fresh juices to them. The natural oils, in the nut milk, will slow down the influx of sugars into the bloodstream.
Here is how we do it: When you peel your oranges or grapefruits, make sure to peel them with your hands or use a knife to peel them, leaving as much of the white pith on as possible. Juicing them this way will retain most all of the natural vitamin C.
Juicing oranges by cutting them and squeezing them into a manual or electronic reamer is only extracting the sugar water from the oranges. Natural vitamin C resides in the white pith. And since they are alive, and uncooked, these bioflavinoids are highly bioavailable, meaning you will absorb them in your body in a much more effective way.
Bioflavonoids also are found in the rind of green citrus fruits and in rose hips and black currants. This is one of the reasons why we recommend juicing the rind of limes. However, they must be organic, to make sure you are not consuming any product that may or may not contain dyes.
What can bioflavonoids do for me?
Bioflavonoids have been used in alternative medicine as an aid to enhance the action of vitamin C, to support blood circulation – as an antioxidant and to treat allergies, viruses, or inflammatory health issues. My husband Jay Kordich has been saying for over 65 years, that we need to consume citrus every day, either by eating them (and the white pith as well) or by juicing about 10 pounds per week of the following: limes, lemons, grapefruits, oranges and tangerines.
By juicing them this way, not only are you retaining and preserving the best of what the orange has to give us, you are also creating a delicious, frothy, gorgeous orange juice!
Linda reveals her favorite orange juice recipe
We love to make this juice – every Sunday. It’s called the ‘organic orange and white’. Here’s what you need:
3 oranges, peeled and leave as much of the pith as possible.
1 lime with the skin.
Small piece of ginger root.
Peel the oranges – leaving as much of the white pith as possible and cut the lime in quarters, leaving the peel on, but be sure it’s organic. Take the fresh ginger root or fresh turmeric root and scrub it well. You can also blend this tonic by using these directions, except you may want to peel the fresh ginger root or turmeric root.
These kinds of tonics are excellent for using frequently this time of year. If you have a tendency to be hypoglycemic, substitute the oranges with grapefruits and treat the grapefruits exactly the same way you do the oranges. In fact, using the grapefruits create a low glycemic tonic and also yields more of the bioflavonoids.
If you are suffering from a cold, flu or congestion, this makes an excellent tonic. I would suggest that you supplement with plenty of vitamin C and add 2 drops of oregano oil into the tonic to accelerate the healing process.
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About the author: Linda Kordich has been married for 33 years to Jay Kordich, world renown health educator and the “Father of Juicing”. She is the co-author of their new book, Live Foods Live Bodies and teaches throughout the world on the ‘Powers of the Gentle Art of Foods and Juices’. For more information about Jay and Linda Kordich – visit: www.JayKordich.com
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