Pre-Peeled Oranges: What Some Call 'Lazy' Others Call A 'Lifesaver'


Last week, the Twitterverse became enraged after advertising copywriter Nathalie Gordon posted a photo of pre-peeled, plastic-packaged oranges.

“If only nature would find a way to cover these oranges so we didn’t need to waste so much plastic on them,” tweeted Gordon in a post that soon went viral. To make matters worse, these decidedly unwhole fruits were being sold by the grocery chain Whole Foods.

If only nature would find a way to cover these oranges so we didn't need to waste so much plastic on them.

— Nathalie Gordon (@awlilnatty) March 3, 2016

As American consumption of fruits and vegetables continues to lag behind recommended amounts, companies selling prepared produce are hoping that skipping steps like peeling, cutting or chopping will make people more likely to buy their products.

Twitter users accused people of being too lazy to peel their own darn oranges.

But for a whole segment of people with mobility issues, pre-prepared foods are a lifesaver, says Jennifer Hacker, a woman with peripheral neuropathy and poor grip strength. “I have stopped cooking anything I have to chop or slice first,” she says, because the pain is so bad.

Without pre-prepared fresh foods, Hacker says she’s relegated to the frozen foods aisle for her grocery shopping. She could also choose the syrupy, sweet canned citrus or overcooked, tinny green be…

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