Call us biased, but we think citrus is pretty amazing. And not just when it comes to snacking and cooking. It can also be used to refresh your home and even reinvent your beauty routine. But don’t take our word for it. Read on and see how citrus can play a big part in living your healthiest life.
Here’s an idea: add flavor—not sodium—to your
next meal by swapping out salt for lemons. We call
it the S’alternative choice.
It’s as tasty as it is
healthy, not to mention super easy.
Plus, it’s backed by research from master chefs over at
Johnson & Wales University (no big deal). By opting for
fresh lemon juice and zest in place of some salt, you can
cut as much as 75% of sodium from all sorts of recipes,
without losing flavor. Nutritional win.
Ready to live that S’alternative life? Here’s a cheat sheet to get you started.
Stop and Smell the Citrus
For real, though. That fresh citrus scent you get from peeling an orange
or zesting a lemon can really brighten your day.
It’s been said that these aromas can create a peaceful,
calming atmosphere and help with relaxation.
For oranges, it’s thanks in part to linalool: an ingredient found in its oil.
If mandarins or grapefruit are more your thing, good news:
their scent could also help you unwind.
So go ahead, take it all in.
It’s no secret that Cara Cara Navel oranges offer
20% more vitamin C and nearly 30% more vitamin
A than your standard Navel orange.
(We may or may not have mentioned this elsewhere.
What can we say, we’re proud.)
But what you might not know is that they also have key nutrients like folate, fiber and potassium in every bite. And that’s not the only reason they’re known as the Power Orange.
Notice how they’re pink inside? (How could you not?) That’s because of this thing called lycopene. It’s an antioxidant that’s not only really good for you, but also makes Cara Caras look quite pretty. The Power Orange truly is a beautiful thing.
Grapefruit: Not just for diets (but also for diets)
Yes, it’s true that grapefruit might be able to help you drop a few pounds. (According to a 12
week study known as “The Grapefruit Diet.” For 12 weeks, adults who ate half a grapefruit
three times a day before each meal lost an average of 3.5 pounds.) But it can also play a role
in fighting certain types of cancer.
We should mention that no single food can protect you against cancer on its own, but research
suggests that incorporating plant-based foods (like grapefruit) into your diet may help lower
the risk. Kind of a big deal.
Talk about being
No matter what kind of citrus you’re into, they all
bring a number of health benefits to the table.
Letting citrus go to your head
Citrus is a major source of flavonoids. (Aka antioxidants.)
(Aka the things that keep your cells from getting damaged.)
In addition to having a fancy name, the flavonoids found
in citrus may also provide benefits for brain health. Eating
citrus should be a no-brainer.
Showing your heart some love
It’s been said that vitamin C might play a role in reducing the risk of heart disease. And what do you know, citrus is loaded with that very vitamin. Several types of oranges and grapefruit also contain fiber, another heart-healthy nutrient. Love that.
The mother of all nutrients
Oranges are a good source of folate, a nutrient that’s super important during pregnancy because it promotes cell growth. Really gives “mother nature” a whole new meaning.
Just what the doctor ordered
Next time a cold’s going around the office, you might want to reach for a Cara Cara Navel orange or grapefruit. Both are rich in vitamins A and C, which support your immune system and could keep you from breaking out the cough drops and tissues.
And it’s good for skin, too
Did we mention citrus has a ton of vitamin C? That also comes in handy (quite literally) when it comes to your skin. Vitamin C promotes the production of collagen, which helps give skin strength and elasticity.