Unless you’re allergic to citrus fruit, it’s probably safe to say that you love orange juice. It’s packed full of vitamin C, folate and even potassium. Citrus fruit also offers an array of health benefits that many people are not aware of. One of the most important is that they are rich in flavonoids, an anticancer property, found to inhibit cancer cell growth and prevent tumors from spreading.
Grapefruit may not be an appealing fruit to eat because of its bitter taste, but in the winter it tastes better than many fruits. Make sure you pick one with a colorful skin that’s firm and heavy to touch. Grapefruit can be eaten alone or in salad. You can even spice up your favorite lean protein by topping it with a tasty citrus salsa. The vitamin C helps boost bioavailability of the iron in poultry and fish. This makes for a winning combo because your body is able to use iron better.
Fresh citrus fruit can even help brighten up water, which is a great idea if you don’t like drinking water. According to Tranell, “Squeeze a lemon wedge or two into your glass to boost the taste and deliver more nutrition—just one ounce of fresh lemon juice contains 20% of your daily Vitamin C needs, says Mangieri.”
So no matter if you’re trying to lose belly fat or just increase your antioxidant intake, this fibrous, Vitamin C-rich family of fruits (i.e. lemons, oranges, and grapefruit) are perfect to add to your diet. To make it even easier, drinking Indian River Select’s 100% fresh citrus juice is just like eating an orange or grapefruit. So pick up a bottle today and drink up!
Tranell, K. (n.d.). Fit Food: The Benefits of Citrus. Retrieved from http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/what-to-eat/fit-food-the-benefits-of-citrus.
Written by: Jamacia Magee, FizzNiche Staff Writer