Oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit. Turns out they’re much more than an easy holiday gift basket.
Aside from the obvious benefits of vitamin C and fibre, citrus has been linked to a reduced risk of stroke, an increase in fat loss and inhibited growth of cancerous tumours. Grapefruit in particular has been shown to prevent asthma, help you stay ‘regular’ and promote healthier skin.
5 Ways Citrus Helps Your Health
Loading up on citrus and vitamin C won’t prevent colds, but high doses of C (400 to 500 mg) may shorten the duration and lessen the symptoms.
Citrus fruit are rich sources of flavonoids. The predominant flavonoid in these fruits—hesperidin—is credited with boosting “good” HDL cholesterol and lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
Naturally packed with water and fiber, citrus will help you stay full and satisfied, but grapefruit may have a decided advantage, according to a 2006 Journal of Medicinal Food study. When researchers put volunteers on an exercise plan for 12 weeks and asked them to eat either half a fresh grapefruit or drink apple juice and pop a placebo pill before each meal, the grapefruit group dropped an average of 3½ pounds (compared to just ½ pound for the apple group).
Both citrus and salt, enhance flavours. So skip the salt and add a spritz of citrus juice instead to keep dishes lower in sodium.
A study published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that eating lycopene-rich foods (a special class of antioxidants in most citrus) may help guard against colon, lung, breast, skin, stomach and prostate cancer.
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Grapefruits are also 91% water, and contain a payload of electrolytes that make them an ideal pre and post workout snack to hydrate and stay energized!