Do Oranges Have Quercetin? (EXPLAINED)

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Do oranges have Quercetin?

With the many health benefits that oranges offer and their sweet citrusy flavor, there is little wonder why they are the most popular tropical fruit in the country. America consumed 497,000 metric tons in the form of orange juice alone in 2020. That is terrific news but, what we want to know is, do oranges have quercetin?

Quick Answer: Yes – Oranges do contain some quercetin. Compared to other similar foods, its quercetin content is low.

Quercetin Content of Oranges

Without the peel, an orange contains only 0.45mg of quercetin per 100g. However, oranges are very rich in vitamins C and B6 and potassium, calcium, and magnesium. 

Are Oranges High in Quercetin?

Compared to other foods, oranges are low in quercetin.

Let’s take a look at how it compares to five similar foods.

  • Whole apples contain 4mg of quercetin, eight times what we find in oranges.
  • Red grapes supply 1.04mg of quercetin in a 100g serving, more than twice what we see in oranges.
  • Grapefruit contains nearly identical amounts of quercetin as oranges.
  • With 1.14mg of quercetin per 100g, lemons outperform oranges by almost 300 percent.
  • Tangerines sadly contain no quercetin and present no competition for oranges.

Sources: 

Medical News Today “What to know about oranges”: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/272782 

EU Phenol-Explorer http://phenol-explorer.eu/contents/show/1/291/269 

Statista “Orange juice domestic consumption in the United States”: https://www.statista.com/statistics/297320/us-fruit-juice-consumption/ 

USDA Special Interest Databases on Flavonoids https://data.nal.usda.gov/dataset/usda-special-interest-databases-flavonoids_115

USDA Database for the Flavonoid Content of Selected Foods: https://www.ars.usda.gov/arsuserfiles/80400525/data/flav/flav_r03.pdf  

National Library of Medicine https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25849945/ 

Curious about the top sources of quercetin? We've created this chart of the top 25 quercetin containing sources per 100 grams: [table id=141 /]

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