Oranges Are A Natural Fat-Burner, According To New Research

Eat oranges, burn fat.


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Orange is the new… belly blaster?

So says new research in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, which found that taking a supplement of p-synephrine — an alkaloid naturally occurring in citrus fruit — before exercise helped people torch more fat during their workouts. The effect was the equivalent of ditching about two kilos of pure fat in a year (if you work out moderately for an hour most days).

And according to the USDA, one medium-sized orange (sans peel) has 270 kilojoules, one gram of protein, 0.3 grams of fat, 16 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fibre, and 13 grams of sugar. They’ve got a solid rep as being packed with vitamin C (although there are some foods that have even more) and have a decent calcium content (about six percent of your daily value). Orange peel is also packed with cancer-fighting d-limonene. However, eating too many oranges per day can trigger acid reflux since they’re highly acidic, so limit your servings to no more than two per day if you’re concerned.

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So, let’s just recap — two fewer kilos just for getting citrusy? Sign us up!

Bonus reason to slurp something tart: your body easily uses fruit sugars for energy, meaning you’ll be able to go hard at the gym.

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