The old saying is that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. But for my money, you’re better off with a lemon!
Citrus fruit is packed full of fiber, vitamins, and even natural appetite suppressants. Find out why it’s so healthy and how you can keep your citrus fruit fresher longer…
Why Citrus Is So Good For You
Citrus fruits like lemons, limes, and grapefruit have a lot to offer nutritionally, including sky-high levels of vitamin C. That’s important to weight loss, since studies have found links between low vitamin C levels and obesity.1
Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant that helps with cell repair. It’s one of your strongest allies in the fight against aging and disease! (Find out 7 more foods great at fighting aging HERE.)
On top of the vitamin content, citrus rind also contains natural appetite suppressants called “polyphenols.” One study even found that adding lemon rind to your diet may help you burn fat better and faster.2
Meanwhile, the pith (the white stuff between the fruit and the peel) includes high levels of pectin. Pectin is a natural anti-inflammatory that can help heal your gut and has also been linked to lower LDL cholesterol levels.3
Remember, oranges have a higher sugar impact than grapefruit, lemons, and limes, so eat them very sparingly. And never drink citrus juice alone – without the fiber, rind, and pith, you get nothing but a blood sugar spike that increases your chances of weight gain and inflammation.
How to Keep Your Citrus Fresh for Weeks
So now that you’re sold on keeping lemons on hand, how do you keep them fresh?
It can be hard to keep citrus from going moldy. Leave it in the glass fruit bowl on your counter for more than a few days, and you’re guaranteed spoilage. Whether you got your lemons from a tree out back or the grocery store, that’s such a shame!
The key is to prevent the peel from getting wet or warm. Your citrus fruits need room to breathe, and they prefer colder temperatures.
So the next time you’re unloading your groceries, transfer your citrus to a perforated paper bag or container and put it in the back of your fridge. Just 10 extra seconds of work will mean your grapefruit, lemons, and the like will last up to a month!
Some Tasty Ways to Enjoy Citrus
I can’t leave you without mentioning my two favorite citrus recipes! Check out both of these simple, scrumptious drinks – they taste indulgent, but can actually help you fight cravings and lose weight!
A crave-crushing drink with refreshing lemon flavor…
A healthy, gut-healing twist on the traditional margarita…