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The Many Benefits of Citrus


Did you know that citrus fruits were one of the first foods to show a connection between diet and disease prevention?

Citrus is one of the most nutrient dense groups of fruit, offering a boost of nutrients with relatively few calories. These fruits often contain potassium, calcium, phosphorus and a variety of B vitamins. Oranges, limes, lemons, grapefruits, kumquats, pummelos and clementines are all considered citrus fruits and are an excellent source of Vitamin C. Additionally, carotenoids, the red, orange and yellow pigments found in fruits and vegetables, have been widely studied for their potential to protect us from a variety of diseases.

You can enjoy citrus fruits in smoothies, parfaits, salads, or just as they are. Juices are also a great way to get citrus fruits into your day, but remember that some juices can contain added sugar, so look for 100% unsweetened juices.

So the next time you’re packing your lunch or looking for a healthy snack, remember these ready-to-eat winter fruits are packed with antioxidants and are perfect for snacking throughout the day.

Citrus Tip: Want to keep freshly cut apples from turning brown? Toss them with a little lemon, orange or grapefruit juice.

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