Science Saturday: Citrus Fruit May Counter Effects of Poor Eating

Science Saturday: Citrus Fruit May Counter Effects of Poor Eating

I recommend you include citrus fruits, such as lemons, limes, grapefruit, and oranges, as part of your regular diet. Why? These tart fruits are packed with vitamin C, fiber, and special plant compounds that protect health in unique ways. In fact a new study showed that flavonones (a type of polyphenol) in citrus fruit may help counter the negative effects of high fat meals on cardiovascular health in middle-aged men. On four different occasions, study participants (59 healthy men ages 30 to 65) were given a high-fat breakfast and a moderate-fat lunch along with one of the following: control drink, orange juice, flavonone-rich orange juice, or a whole-orange drink. Blood vessel flow was less impaired when the two fatty meals were followed by any of the three orange drinks compared with the control drink.

(British Journal of Nutrition, December 2016) Read the full study here.

Image: Citrus fruit on sale at my local farmers market, Sharon Palmer, RDN

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