Citrus – The Why, What, and Whoa
Citrus are a nutrient-rich and delicious addition to any snack or meal. Bottom line, eat them! For inquiring minds that want to know the why, what, and whoa, read on.
Why – vitamin C, fiber, and (in some varieties) vitamin A
Most Americans don’t get enough vitamin C. The oranges on sale this week will provide all your daily need in a single fruit and 2-3 tangerines should do the same. Add a healthy dose of fiber and vitamin A (in tangerines and grapefruits) and citrus is an easy way to add a nutritional boost to your day.
What – any whole fruit or 100% fruit juice
-ades are more sugar than help and those artificial orange drinks are just inadequate impostors. Fruit juice won’t have the fiber of whole fruit but it does preserve most of the vitamin and antioxidant content. Fresh squeezed juices or pressure, not heat, pasteurized juices preserve even more nutrients and are a much more flavorful choice.
Whoa – fun facts to impress your friends
- Mandarin is a family of citrus fruits that includes both tangerines and clementines.
- Bioflavonoids are a class of healthful antioxidants in citrus. Variations in the type of bioflavonoids are responsible for many unique properties of specific citrus varieties like the dark red color of blood oranges or the tart flavor of grapefruit.
- Get juice with pulp. The pulp doesn’t add any fiber, but it is a source of flavonoids which may make the juice just a little healthier.