Fresh Florida Oranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines and Mandarins contains dietary fiber, which may help maintain healthy cholesterol levels, support healthy digestion, and may help keep you feeling full for longer.
One medium-sized orange (141 g) provides 12% of the Daily Value for Fiber*
One half of medium-sized grapefruit (120 g) provides 5% of the Daily Value for Fiber*
One medium-sized tangerine or mandarin (109 g) provides 7% of the Daily Value for Fiber*
What is Fiber?
Dietary fiber describes the carbohydrates and lignin (a part of plant cells walls that makes then rigid and woody) that are naturally found in plants and not digested and absorbed in the small intestine. Typically fiber is made up of compounds that are basic components of plant cells. Although fiber contributes minimally to energy (calorie) intake and is generally not used by the body as a fuel source, it is considered to be an essential part of a healthy diet.
One medium orange contains about 12% of the recommended daily value of Fiber.
Benefits of Fiber
Fiber can aid with laxation by adding to fecal bulk and also promote satiety, or “feeling full”, which may help promote weight loss by reducing caloric intake. The intake of fiber also has been associated with reducing serum cholesterol, decreasing blood glucose levels, and reducing the risk of coronary heart disease.
Sources of Fiber
Dietary fiber is found in most fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains (especially whole grains), and nuts and seeds.
* Daily Value: Based on a 2000 calorie diet. FDA rounding rules applied when calculating percent DV based upon 2018 rules. Information is not intended for labeling food in packaged form. Nutrient values may vary based on brand or product types.</p>
Fresh grapefruit contains dietary fiber, which may help maintain healthy cholesterol levels, support healthy digestion, and may help keep you feeling full for longer.1