Citrus fruits may play a role in lowering blood pressure, preserving brainpower, and cutting cancer risk. According to nutritional studies they are loaded with three key protective ingredients – vitamin C, potassium and fiber. Vitamin C may help form and energize your white blood cells, which fight off bacteria, while potassium can help regulate blood pressure and fiber can improve your stomach health.
citrus sugar is mostly fructose, which goes directly to your liver for processing rather than into your bloodstream. In addition to a lower calorie count, citrus fruits do not cause the same blood sugar spike that the processed sugar of a soda does. Processed sugar spikes trigger cravings, which can lead to overeating and weight gain, which in turn increases your risk of diabetes.
Grapefruits are named because they grow in hanging clusters like grapes. The health perks of eating grapefruit is that it may help you lower your blood pressure if you are overweight. Grapefruit is typically cut in half and eaten fresh. You can also cut it in half and lightly grill it, then drizzle honey on it. Add slices of grapefruit to kale and diced avocado’s for an easy salad.
Antioxidant rich mandarins may have anticancer properties. You can eat the segments by themselves or add them to slices of apple, fennel and green olives for a quick and tasty snack. The segments can also be juiced and frozen in ice cube trays to add into sparkling water for a virtually calorie free soda.
You can use limes in a variety of ways other than just something to suck on after you have had a shot of tequila. Limes are rich in antioxidants called flavonoids. Lime peels can be used in recipes and well as the juice of the limes.
The major health benefits of lemon are helping with indigestion and constipation. As with the lime, lemon peels can be used along with the juice in cooking and/or drinks to add a little zest. Be careful when you zest the lemon because the rind packs a lot of freshness but the pith has a bitter taste.
The presence of anthocyanins, which is a potent disease fighting antioxidant, gives the blood orange is reddish-purple flesh color. This fruit has a supple, slightly sweet taste is incredible in a salad or juiced for a quick dressing. Chilled blood orange segments are also very tasty.
Experiment with citrus fruits for the right combination to use as food flavorings, healthy snacks or adding zest to a beverage.