The Benefits of Citrus
A couple of reasons why you may want to eat more oranges, grapefruits and lemons!
Put oranges, grapefruit and lemons on your grocery shopping list. A recent study of more than 69,000 women found that those who ate several servings a day of citrus had a 10% lower risk of stroke than women who ate less of the juicy fruits. And that’s not the only benefit. More did-you-know citrus facts:
Oranges tend to get all the glory when it comes to vitamin C (one medium orange has 70 mg, which satisfies nearly 100% of your daily needs), but a grapefruit actually has 88 mg, says Kerry Neville, a registered dietitian in Seattle. (The juice of one medium lemon meets 25% of your daily vitamin C requirements, while one lime comes in at 18%.)
Grapefruits are also an excellent source of vitamin A, an essential vitamin that helps promote healthy vision. Just half a grapefruit contains 31% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin A.
All citrus fruits contain fiber, which helps you feel full longer. That’s also why it’s better to eat the fruit itself (an orange, for example) rather than just drink fruit juice. Oranges have the most fiber of all citrus fruits: One medium orange contains 3 g.
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