The next exit was a rest area with vending machines, but the exit after that had oranges. It was a gas station with towering, faded signs; cheap coffee; and a rather diverse selection of Florida citrus. A woman handed out slices from hand-labeled Tupperware. I bought a sack of red navels, a winter delicacy, thick-skinned and juicy and sweet, with flesh as red and bright as a grapefruit. Inside the station, a few baby alligators floated in an aquarium next to a dead, stuffed adult, thirteen feet long. Outside, in between the gas pumps, a box had gone moldy and the bright orange peels were growing with blue-gray fuzz.
Oranges are high in fiber, which aids in digestion by keeping you regular. It is also good for weight loss. "Oranges are a low-fat, nutrient-rich food with a low glycemic index, which make it an ideal food to consume to protect against obesity, which can lead to other diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke," Flores told Live Science. The glycemic index is a measure of how food affects a person's blood sugar levels: Foods with a high glycemic index (such as white bread) cause glucose levels to spike quickly after they are eaten, while foods with a low glycemic index (such as vegetables and legumes) cause blood sugar levels to rise more slowly and remain more constant over time.