Everything You Need to Know About Citrus

Lauren Krouse
by Lauren Krouse
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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.

Discover healthy citrus recipes via “Recipe Discovery” in the MyFitnessPal app.

About the Author

Lauren Krouse
Lauren Krouse

Lauren Krouse is a freelance writer who covers health, domestic violence, and self-advocacy. Her work appears in Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Prevention, Self, HuffPost, and elsewhere. When she’s not writing, you can find her trying to meditate more, weightlifting, or walking in the woods with her partner and black lab.

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