Comparing Apples to Oranges
Although we use the idiom, ”it’s like comparing apples to oranges”, to describe two vastly different things to prove a point, we may need to change it because Apples and Oranges have a few noteworthy similarities. Let’s take a bite out of the notion that they are different and explore my 5 favorite facts that show how they are alike.
1.) Natural Sweeteners for Smoothies
When my son Benjamin was about 2 years old he started to use the word “no” when it came to eating veggies (specifically green ones). So what my wife and I opted to do was blend smoothies for him to consume some of the nutrients in kale and broccoli and instead of adding sugar we added apples and/or oranges. The result always turned out to be a delicious and healthy beverage. In addition to that, we tend to purposely make our smoothies pulpy to get as much of the fiber left over as possible and he loves it to this day.
Nutritional Value per 100 grams (3.5 oz)both have 2.4 grams of dietary fiber. The fiber in apples and oranges are important for your body because of pectin. Pectin has also been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels and also works as a bulk forming laxative which helps protect the colon by reducing its exposure to toxic substances.
3.) On the go foods!
Unlike other fruits (grapes and bananas), apples and oranges have pretty tough skins that can withstand a beating before losing some of its glory. Bananas tend to soften and get mushy if left in a lunchbox or backpack that’s been jostled around and grapes can bruise. Apples and oranges stand up better if in a somewhat protected enclosure.
4.) Iron, Man
Apples and Oranges have iron which helps in the production of red blood cells that carry oxygen. Iron deficiency can lead to different types of anemia which can lead to tiredness. Red blood cells also dump the carbon monoxide from your body by sending it to your lungs to be exhaled. So, if you have a child who engages in active play regularly you want to make sure that they are getting enough iron in their system to ensure they are performing at their best.
5.) Powerful Antioxidants
Although an apple’s vitamin C content pales in comparison to the orange because of flavonoids the antioxidant force of an apple is equal to more than 1500 mg of Vitamin C. Flavonoid is a phytonutrient that has anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits. That means that both apples and oranges may help prevent some of the illnesses that we are prone to transmitting to each other throughout the year.
While these 5 Favorite Facts are not designed to stop you from using the “apples and oranges” analogy to demonstrate contrast, perhaps you will think more about what they have in common.