Seven benefits of essential nutrients in citrus
Citrus is most commonly thought of as a good source of vitamin C. Like most other whole foods, citrus fruits also contain an impressive list of other essential nutrients, including folate and thiamin.
Did you know?
1. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and protects the body from free radicals that can damage the body.
2. It is also required for the synthesis of collagen, which helps wounds heal and helps hold blood vessels, tendons, ligaments and bone together.
3. Vitamin C also helps in iron absorption. Vitamin C binds to iron in the digestive tract and the iron-vitamin C complex is absorbed together.
4. Folate is necessary for cell division and DNA synthesis. Folate deficiency can cause neural birth defects.
5. Thiamin is a B vitamin important in metabolism and energy production.
6. In addition, citrus contains no fat or sodium and, being a plant food, no cholesterol.
7. Citrus also contain flavonoids that may have anticancer properties and protect against heart disease.
Bonus citrus tip:
“Oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes are classified as citrus fruits,” said Registered Dietitian Muna Siddiqi. “Just like any other fruit, eating a piece of orange will get you more fiber and nutrition than drinking a cup of juice. One cup of juice has about 120 calories and 30 grams of carbs (all sugar). For diabetics we recommend ½ cup of orange juice to raise their blood sugar when it is dropping.”
To schedule a nutrition counseling appointment at Swedish Hospital, call 773-878-6888
By David Modica | Published January 18, 2017