Why Eat Citrus?

why1Orange you glad you know…

  • Oranges are a super food, loaded with powerful disease-fighting nutrients in every bite.
  • Oranges are ranked no. 1 on nutrition among five popular fruits (apples, bananas, grapes, and pears), and are also among the healthiest items in the produce section.
  • Oranges contain a water-soluble fiber called pectin. Studies show that pectin helps reduce blood cholesterol levels, and also suppresses hunger levels up to four hours after eating
  • Renowned for its concentration of Vitamin C – just one orange supplies 116.2% of the daily value for vitamin C – oranges make the perfect snack.
  • The average orange contains 80 fat-free calories

 

mouth“When Life gives you lemons…make lemonade!”

  • Next to drinking plain purified water, drinking lemon water daily is the most important thing you can do for your health.
  • Due to its potassium content, lemons nourish the brain and nerve cells, and its calcium makes healthy teeth.
  • Lemon juice is highly anti-bacterial and diluted half and half with hot water is a highly effective gargle for a sore throat.
  • One of the many amazing health benefits of drinking lemon water regularly is its ability to help your body get the energy from the food you are eating.
  • Did you know you can use lemon juice on apples and avocados to prevent browning after they are sliced?

 

 

why2Limes

  • Limes can be used in almost every dish where lemons are called for, including soups, sauces, cakes, and other desserts.
  • The abundance of potassium in limes coupled with a diet low in sodium may help reduce the risk for both high blood pressure and stroke.
  • With their high Vitamin C content, limes will help your immune system function properly.
  • The antioxidants provided in citrus fruits such as limes is your bodies first line of defense in fighting off free radicals that can come from air pollution, heat, sunlight, and alcohol, and can even repair their damage.

 

Grapefruit

  • Pulp in citrus fruits like grapefruit contain glucarates, compounds which may help prevent breast cancer.
  • Drinking three 6-ounce glasses of grapefruit juice a day was shown to reduce the activity of an enzyme that activates cancer-causing chemicals found in tobacco smoke.
  • Grapefruit juice can also reduce your risk of calcium oxalate kidney stones.
  • The rich pink and red colors of grapefruit are due to lycopene which appears to have anti-tumor activity and has the highest capacity to help fight oxygen free radicals (compounds that can damage cells).

 

Minneolas & Mandarins

  • Cool and refreshing minneolas & mandarins are used to build energy and quench thirst.

Fun Facts of Citrus Health Benefits

  • Only 1 of 11 people eats the recommended serving of fruits and vegetables per day?
  • Studies show that people who eat fruit such as lemons, tangerines, oranges, and other whole foods, tend to eat less at subsequent meals, compared to people who eat “lighter, more calorie-dense foods” such as chips, snack crackers, desserts or candy.
  • For those with diabetes, oranges, lemons, and grapefruit offer a flavorful way to snack and still maintain a well-balanced diet.
  • Studies show that a diet high in citrus fruit provides a statistically significant protective effect against some types of cancer.
  • By consuming one extra serving of citrus fruit a day, you can reduce the risk for stroke by up to 19%.
  • As a child you are told that carrots would keep your eyes bright, but as an adult, it looks like citrus fruit is even more important for keeping your sight.
  • Lemon & Lime juice can be frozen and stored for later use. Place freshly squeezed juice in ice cube trays until frozen. Then use these ice cubes to zest up your drinking water.