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Low Carb Dieters Miss Out on Citrus

Whether you’re at the grocery store, a restaurant, or the gym, you can’t get escape the words “low carb.” Low carbohydrate diets have been touted as magic weight loss tools and the path to greater health. While many Americans do eat high carbohydrate diets, that’s only part of the reason our population suffers from weight and health problems. We also consume too few fruits and vegetables, and as a result many people are missing out on valuable vitamins, minerals, and disease-protecting compounds.

At Fresh1, we’re concerned to see some of our favorite fruits on the taboo list for low-carbohydrate dieters. Because of their fructose content, the citrus category is shunned by the popular protein-heavy meal plans. But a well-balanced diet has room for the natural sugars found in citrus and other fruits, and eating these flavorful, healthful fruits is more beneficial in the long run than any diet. Here’s why:

  • One glass of orange juice a day can help you fight off colds and flu. One 8-ounce serving contains 100% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C, which boosts the immune system.
  • Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and helps support cardiovascular health, reduce the risk of some cancers, and aids in the absorption of inorganic iron, which aids in the treatment of anemia and stress.
  • Just half of a medium grapefruit provides all of your daily requirement of Vitamin C, and contains nutrients that help strengthen bones, tissues, and blood vessels.
  • Expectant moms should enjoy their citrus! Citrus fruits contain folic acid, which helps reduce the spinal and brain birth defects.
  • Oranges and grapefruits are high in soluble fiber, which may help reduce risk of cancer and heart disease, as well as aid in digestion.
  • Citrus fruits are a good source of the essential nutrient potassium, which helps promote healthy function of the cells and nerves.

If all these reasons don’t inspire you to reach for a cool glass of orange juice, remember this: Oranges, lemons, and grapefruits not only are good for your health—they taste great, and add flavor and zest to our lives. Don’t let any fad diet keep you from enjoying your fruits and vegetables. In the long run, they build a healthy body, and combined with exercise, good nutrition is ultimately the best way to maintain your health, lose weight, and feel good every day.

Sources: Nutritional facts courtesy of www.aboutproduce.com and the Florida Department of Citrus.

 
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