Use Your Juicer To Create Fresh Citrus Juice
Using your juicer to create fresh citrus juice is a delicious and nutritious way to get the vitamins and minerals your body needs to be healthy. The citrus family includes oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes, and tangerines. The juice of these fruits is packed with nutrition. One serving of 100 percent orange or grapefruit juice has more nutrients per calorie than many commonly consumed 100% fruit juices, such as apple and grape.
There are several parts to a citrus fruit. Citrus fruits have a tough outer skin that can be yellow, green, orange, red, pink or a combination of these colors. Grapefruit, orange and tangerine skin contain chemicals that are not digestible by the human digestive system, so the skin must be removed before juicing.
The white colored part of the fruit that you see just inside of the outer skin is called the pith. Different types of citrus fruits have piths of different thicknesses. For example, the pith of a grapefruit is very thick, while the pith of a tangerine is very thin. Juicing the pith of the fruit will reduce the sweetness of the juice, but is not harmful to your health, so you can choose whether to leave it on the fruit. The last part of the fruit is the actual fruit segments, which may contain seeds.
There have been many health benefits linked to the consumption of citrus juice. The consumption of fresh citrus juices has been associated with reduced mortality in elderly men and women, as well as a reduced risk for Alzheimer’s disease. The inclusion of fresh grapefruit juice as part of the regular diet of individuals that are obese has been shown to have beneficial effects on their weight loss and insulin sensitivity.
Citrus juice contains a wide array of naturally occurring phytonutrients, such as flavonoids, limonoids and carotenoids, which have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer activities. Grapefruit juice has been found to reduce the risk of calcium oxylate crystallization and kidney stone formation in urine. Orange juice is an excellent source of vitamin C, which may help maintain eye health by reducing the risk for cataract and age-related macular degeneration. Orange juice is also a good source of folate, which is associated with reduced risk for depression, age-related dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Here is a great citrus juice recipe to try.
Sweet N Tart Citrus Juice Recipe
Cranberries – 3 cup
Ginger – 2 thumb
Grapefruit (peeled, ruby red) – 2 small
Limes (with rind) – 2 fruit
Oranges – 3 fruit
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.