When you think of citrus, you might immediately think of Vitamin C, but that's not all you're gaining when you eat grapefruit, lemons, limes, oranges, tangerines, and clementines! Citrus is also a source of soluble and insoluble fiber plus potassium. Because of its high water content, it is filling but low in calories. That's not to say that Vitamin C isn't important. Marisa Moore, RD, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says that while Vitamin C can't necessarily prevent colds, research suggests that it could help shorten the duration and lessen the severity of your symptoms. Citrus fruits are especially good for those paying attention to their blood sugar levels because they have low glycemic index scores which means they shouldn't cause your blood glucose levels to spike. The soluble fiber in citrus helps to stabilize blood glucose levels, while the insoluble fiber helps you stay regular.
Reap the benefits of citrus fruits with this week's Be Better challenge to eat citrus!
There are many ways to incorporate citrus into your diet. It is easy to eat a clementine, squeeze some lemon into your water or tea, or have a grapefruit with breakfast. If you want to take it a step further, squeeze the juice or grate the zest on chicken, fish, or a salad to instantly boost the flavor. Share your favorite way to eat citrus by posting and using the hashtag #bebetterchallenge.