Orange Peels May Improve Cardiovascular Health, UF Study Suggests (Southeast Produce Weekly)

Orange Peels May Improve Cardiovascular Health, UF Study Suggests

Yu Wang, an assistant professor of food science and human nutrition at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, part of the USDA. With the award, Wang plans to lead a research team to study extracts from orange peels impact on the gut’s ability to stave off fatty linings in arteries.

Recent research has shown that gut bacteria help develop cardiovascular disease. When they feed on certain nutrients during digestion, gut bacteria produce trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) as a byproduct. TMAO levels are powerful predictors of future cardiovascular disease, according to researchers at the Cleveland Clinic.

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