If you asked 100 people on the street the first thing that comes to their mind when they hear “Vitamin C”, I bet the vast majority would say “oranges”.
Oranges, limes, lemons, and clementines are all considered citrus fruits, and are an excellent source of Vitamin C, which is the most commonly known fact about these fruits. But what else is good about them?
Citrus fruits contain a variety of nutrients including potassium, calcium, phosphorus and a variety of B vitamins.
Carotenoids, the red, orange and yellow pigments found in fruits and vegetables, and particularly in citrus fruits, have been widely studied for their ability to fight against disease. They are rich in vitamin C, serve as a natural disinfectant, strengthen the immune system, digestive function, and prevent infection and disease.
Citrus fruits are actually one of the most nutrient dense categories of fruit behind berries, but be careful how you consume them. Eating them in whole form is preferable versus juice concentrate because when you drink only the concentrated juice, you are simply consuming the sugars of the fruit and leaving behind many of the important nutrients and the fiber. A glass of orange juice is a sure fire way to a blood sugar spike and crash! So eat the whole orange instead.
Citrus fruits can be used in many different ways from water infusers, marinades, salad toppings, a perfect snack, and their zest can be used in cooking to add flavor and aroma.
Here are my personal favorite ways to use citrus, all three of which have detoxifying properties and help to support immune and digestive function. I highly recommend the ginger shot for a power punch in the morning before breakfast, and the two waters to keep in the fridge to ensure that you are staying properly hydrated. When your water tastes good, it increases the likelihood of you drinking it!
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