Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and limes are well-known for being a great source of vitamin C, an immune system-supporter that might even help shorten the duration of a cold. But that’s not all they can do for you. Because they’re packed with phytonutrients — powerful, plant-based antioxidants — citrus fruits also come with many other health benefits.
Research suggests a diet rich in citrus could help lower your risk of certain types of cancer and improve your cardiovascular health, potentially protecting against heart disease. Citrus fruits like grapefruit contain filling fiber and few calories, which may explain why people who eat them tend to lose weight, according to a study published in PLOS Medicine.
Learn more about the nutritional benefits of five of the most popular citrus fruits, plus how to store and enjoy them.
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