Fit Food: The Benefits of Citrus

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Fit Food: The Benefits of Citrus

If you’re looking to lose your belly for summer or simply up your antioxidant intake, it doesn’t get much better than this fiber- and Vitamin C-rich family of fruits. Learn how to work them into any meal.

So you eat the occasional grapefruit or guzzle a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice when it’s there for the taking. Great. But if you knew the true benefits of the citrus family of fruits—which also includes tangerines, lemons and limes—we’re pretty sure you’d up your daily intake. Why?

“Citrus fruits as a whole are packed with beneficial antioxidants and essential nutrients that can promote heart health and maybe even reduce the risk of some chronic diseases, like cancer,” says Heather R. Mangieri, MS, RD, owner of Nutrition CheckUp, LLC and a Spokesperson for The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Aside from all those flavonoids and that massive dose of Vitamin C she's talking about, studies have also shown that these fiber-rich foods (especially grapefruit) might even control appetite and aid in weight loss. No doubt, that’s a powerful combination…especially for such a low-cal food

Citrus isn’t just available all year round, but it also tastes great in winter, when other fruits lack flavor. So when you’re at the grocery store, simply look for fruit that’s firm and heavy, with a bright and colorful skin—and avoid those that have bruising or wrinkling. Then, take those suckers home and test out these five recipes. They're just as simple as pouring a glass of OJ.

See also: 5 Foods With Vitamin C>>>

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