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Citrus Fruits Benefits In Winters: Why You Must Have Oranges, Kiwis, Guavas This Season

Citrus fruits not just boost the immune system, these are good for skin too

Written by: Shubhangi ShahPublished at: Dec 08,2021
Updated at: Dec 08,2021

For those who love oranges and guavas, winter is the season for them. Although thanks to the ever-evolving preservative techniques, you can easily get these fruits all year round. However, there is something about seasonal fruits and vegetables. Not just do they smell, look, taste, and feel better, they provide better nutrition. And when it comes to winter what better fruits to load up on than the citrus ones. For those unable to distinguish, these are those that have a sour and tangy flavour and smell. These are readily found during winters, are touted as extremely healthy, and when it comes to fresh fruits, one can always vouch for their nutrition. But, have you ever wondered why citrus fruits are so highly recommended during winters? To get an answer to this question, Onlymyhealth spoke to Sreemathy Venkatraman, a gut health practitioner & wellness nutritionist and the founder of ‘Mitha Aahara-Eat to Live’.

What Are The Health Benefits Of Citrus Fruits?

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Fruits such as oranges, guavas, kiwis, which are citrus in nature, are rich in vital vitamins and minerals.

  • Boost Immunity: Having lived through the COVID times, you might have heard quite often why you should have lots of citrus fruits. This is because these are known to boost immunity.
  • Prevent Infections: A strong immune system protects the body from infections, such as COVID-19, common cold, flu, etc.
  • Inflammation: Citrus fruits are also known to help with inflammation, which is particularly helpful for arthritis patients as they often have flare-ups during winters.
  • Cancer: You should have lots of citrus fruits to protect yourself from several kinds of cancers.
  • For Glowing Skin: Dry and patchy skin is a common problem during skin. Citrus fruits can help you with that too and leave you with skin that is moisturised and glowing.
  • Better Skin: Citrus fruits boost the production of collagen, a protein responsible for skin elasticity. Hence, such fruits boost skin texture and make it firm.
  • Ageing: Another benefit of better collagen production is it prevents ageing. Hence, load up on lots of citrus fruits to prolong ageing.

Why Citrus Fruits Are Generally Recommended During Winters

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The above-mentioned are the overall benefits of citrus fruits. But why is it so important to have these during winters? According to Sreemathy Venkatraman, it’s because of the following reasons:

  • Better Immunity: During monsoons and winters, you are more susceptible to viruses that cause the common cold, flu, etc. And what protects you from these is your immune system. Since citrus fruits make your immunity strong, hence, you should have lots of these fruits during winters.
  • Recover Quickly: Citrus fruits are rich in vital nutrients and minerals that make you healthy. And good health not just protects you from diseases, it also helps you recover faster in case you do fall ill.
  • Low In Calories: These aren’t calorie-dense fruits. Hence, they can help you lose weight on one hand and serve as a healthy and fulfilling snack on the other.

So, these are some of the reasons why you must have lots of citrus fruits this season.

Also read: Get Your Vitamin C Dose With These Non-Citrusy Foods

Citrus Fruits Options For You

Now that you have decided to make citrus fruits as your go-to snack, it’s crucial to understand what fruits come under this category. Here’s a list that can help:

  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Pomelo
  • Guava
  • Amla
  • Oranges
  • Sweet lemon (mosambi)

If not want to have these as a whole, here are some other ways you can include these in your diet:

  • Squeeze lemon juice or amla juice on your vegetable or fruit salad for tangy flavour instead of salt.
  • Use lemon or orange zest in your baked goods, such as cupcakes and muffins. You can also use it in your meat dishes.
  • Boil lemon with peel for a few minutes and have it warm as a refreshing and detoxifying drink.
Also read: Citrus Allergy: Symptoms, Foods to Avoid, and More

Although anyone can have citrus fruits, some should consider avoiding these. For those suffering from acid reflux and acidity, citrus fruits might not be a good option. Also, do not have these on an empty stomach the first thing in the morning.

(With inputs from Sreemathy Venkatraman, a gut health practitioner & wellness nutritionist and the founder of ‘Mitha Aahara-Eat to Live’)

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