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February 25, 2006

BehindTheMedspeak: What is the 'white stuff' in oranges?


That was one of the questions of the day in Tuesday's "Health Mailbox" Wall Street Journal feature, admirably maintained by health columnist Tara Parker–Pope while she focuses on her upcoming book.

The reader, whose initials are E.W., added, "Is there any nutritional reason to consume or avoid it?

Ms. Parker–Pope responded:

    The white stringy stuff that most of us pick off our oranges is actually good for you.

    The fuzzy white layer of an orange is called the albeto layer and it contains pectin and other fibers that add to the nutritional benefits of oranges.

    The pectin and fiber in oranges can help curb your appetite and suppress hunger.

    One study showed that small amounts of pectin can curb appetite for up to four hours.

    Oranges have the highest fiber content among popular fruits and vegetables.

    One medium–sized orange offers seven grams of fiber.

    In addition, oranges are a good source of Vitamin C, folate, potassium and disease–fighting antioxidents.


File this under "things they could've taught me — but didn't — in medical school that I'd have found interesting."

But I digress.

We are going to get along so well: I'll gladly give you all my albeto and you give me your picked–clean oranges.


February 25, 2006 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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where do i buy pectin & how much do i take?

Posted by: mbpmbp2 | Feb 28, 2006 2:17:35 PM

but can it clean marble?

Posted by: Three Layer Cake | Feb 26, 2006 1:29:26 AM

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