Sweet, tart, bitter and juicy are just some of the taste sensations you can expect from citrus fruit. But also packaged inside the peel of the humble orange, grapefruit, mandarin, lemon and lime is a dizzying array of nutrition and health benefits.
Citrus fruits are not only a superior natural source of vitamin C, they contain a host of other essential nutrients including calcium, potassium, folate, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, copper, phosphorus and magnesium.
They’re also loaded with phytonutrients – biologically active elements known to prevent a range of chronic conditions including cancer, heart disease and stroke.
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“Your average orange has about 170 different phytonutrients in it,” says Clare Collins, professor of nutrition and dietetics at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Thus, adding a little more citrus to your diet can go a long way towards improving your overall health and keeping chronic disease at bay.
Here’s a breakdown of what eating citrus fruit can do for you: