Orange You Glad I Wrote This Post?

November 20th, 2011 | Posted by Alison Spath in Vegetable Lovin'

I think I’ve taken more naps in the past month than I have in the last 3 years. I’ve replaced meals with snacks, I’ve swapped vegetables for fruit, and now instead of running or blogging, I’ve been watching Season 1 of Modern Family on DVD.

I hate to be wimpy, but the first trimester has beaten me to a pulp. And that show is so damn funny I can’t tear myself away.

But speaking of pulp and tearing stuff away, let’s chat about oranges!

Box of Oranges

Thanks to this giant box of oranges my mother brought me last weekend, (the same woman who is to thank for my Modern Family consumption) I’ve eaten at least one orange every day for the past 7 days. They came straight from Florida and are so perfectly sweet they are super easy to devour.

This particular variety isn’t so easy to peel. The fruit usually has a lot of that white foamy stuff stuck to the outside of it after I’ve removed the peel.

This has reminded me that somewhat recently I learned the white stuff is really good for you. It’s called the “pith”, and it’s loaded with all sorts of beneficial junk. More vitamin C, a good source of soluble fiber, plus a lot of a particular antioxidant called bioflavonoids that do rad stuff to your insides.

How’s that for technical? I love it when you talk nerdy to me.

But then while digging around the interwebs for more pithy facts, I found myself reading an article about Death From Orange Pith.

Well that sure figures. Never mind! Why don’t I just throw my hands up in the air and lay my head down on my keyboard in defeat. It’s time for another nap anyway.

As the case may be, the dude from that article who put his life at risk from eating oranges wasn’t actually chewing them. He was just swallowing orange chunks, only to later be scratching his head in curiosity as to why his intestines were all clogged up.  Somehow I’m reminded of the woman who practically poisoned herself by eating 2 to 3 lbs of Bok Choy every day.

Common sense people! Chew your food! Don’t eat 2 to 3 pounds of anything! Snooze when you’re sleepy!

Anyways. Forget all the nerdy food facts if you like, just know that it’s good to not peel every last bit of the pith off of your oranges. Eat up.

I also wanted to be sure you all knew I haven’t abandoned the blog, I’ve just been sleeping.

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