Move over seaweed! There is a new sheriff in town. Yes, for all of you searching your local health food store for the latest superfood; search no more. While you were out hunting down the latest brand of maca powder and hemp seeds, the hero of all food was sitting in your own backyard. Ladies and gentlemen, presenting: the citrus fruit. The citrus fruit, you say? Well, that’s been around for years. So, it has, but with all the new products out there, maybe it is not getting the attention it deserves. So let’s take a moment to sing the praises of the citrus.
Most of us most commonly associate citrus fruits with their high concentration of Vitamin C. In fact, one medium orange contains 100% the recommended amount of vitamin C in the daily diet. You may know “C” as a powerful antioxidant, but that is just the beginning of the list of benefits this tangy wonder can provide! Citrus fruit ensures that the nerve cells in your eyes function properly, preventing macular degeneration, linalools,(funny word, huh?) found in lemons ,can reduce stress, satsuma mandarins inhibit tumor growth, flavonoids (found in all citrus fruits) have been proven to lower the chance of stroke by 19%, boost good cholesterol, and lower the risk of obesity and diabetes. In fact, (get this!) 70,000 women were divided into two groups and monitored over twelve years. One group was given apple juice, the other citrus. Guess who lost more weight. The citrus ladies lost an average of 3 1/2 lbs. per week, while the apple gals lost only1/2! That’s because citrus burns fat, and contains enzymes that promote digestion and boost metabolism. How’s that for pretty great? Here are some ways you can up the citrus content in your diet.
Squeeze Some Lemon in Your Water
This will help eliminate toxins in your body. Or squeeze them over salad to add flavor instead of salt.
Put Some Citrus in Your Fruit (or Any) Salad
Toss in some mandarins or tangerines for an Asian tang on Chinese Chicken salad , or just throw in some grapefruit with your berries and apples. Oh, and a squeeze of lemon on top will also preserve the fruit! It will look so pretty you’ll definitely have to post a picture on Facebook.
Add Some Orange to Your Smoothie!
Citrus fruit juice has the advantage over other fruit by blending well with both red and green smoothies. (It is decidedly neutral!) Go ahead, cut up a whole orange and blend it right in there for fiber and Vitamin C.
Add Some Lemon or Lime to Your Green Tea
This is a great combo. Already a powerful antioxidant, green tea with citrus will actually increase the health benefits by 13X!
Need more reasons to eat citrus? They’re dependable! In season all year around, citrus is great news for people who want to shorten the duration of that nasty winter cold. Also, they’re one of the most affordable fruit per pound! So let the trendy foods and fads come and go, experiment or don’t, but remember, when you’re sick and broke, and maybe a few pounds overweight, citrus will always be there for you.