Healthy tips from a Registered Dietitian
‘Tis the time of the year for citrus fruits! With fruit and vegetable consumption a priority for the health of our nation, I encourage consumers to fill their diets with a balance of nutritious foods – most especially plant foods!
As we find ourselves mid-winter, it is the perfect time to look to fruits such as oranges, tangerines and grapefruits, as excellent sources of natural nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. And, citrus fruits most certainly extend beyond breakfast into other meals and snacks of the day. So, put down the artificial snack bar and pick up a fresh orange. It is a great way to start the New Year and your body will certainly thank you for it. The only snag is if you currently take certain medications such as cholesterol lowering medications (i.e. statins) or blood pressure medications. Grapefruit is contraindicated for these individuals, as it can interfere with the way the medications are metabolized. See http://www.health.harvard.edu/fhg/updates/update0206d.shtml for a more comprehensive list of medications with which grapefruit interferes.
Aside from the medical complications for some people, most individuals should aim to consume three to five servings of fruit during the day. The amount you need depends on your weight and health goals. Meet with a dietitian to determine your specific intake needs. A grapefruit generally provides two of your daily fruit servings. A small orange or two tangerines provide about one serving of fruit. If you drink citrus juice, one fruit serving is about ½ cup of juice.
Listed below are some delicious ways to brighten and freshen up your winter days while nourishing your body with an array of good-for-you nutrients:
Enjoy your citrus this winter…and be sure to share your favorite recipes with your friends and family members!