Eating a lemon or orange a day could help to protect you against heart disease and stroke. Research from Japan found men who ate citrus fruit daily had a 43% lower risk of cardiovascular disease, compared to men who ate the fruit infrequently. For women, the risk was reduced by 49%, in a study of 11,000 men and women with no history of heart disease.
Fruit contains vitamin C, folate and carotenoids, which are also good for a strong immune system. Frequent intake of citrus fruit was also associated with lower incidences of both all stroke and cerebral infarction, but not hemorrhagic stroke or myocardial infarction.
“Our results show that there are grounds for recommending citrus fruit intake should be increased,” researchers from Hamamatsu University School of Medicine in Japan advised.
Fibre-filled foods are also useful to protect the digestive system, helping to prevent indigestion and constipation.
PLj Lemon Juice is a worthy addition to your five-a-day. A 25ml serving contains at least 75% of the recommended daily intake and 9 kcals, perfect for those without easy access to fresh fruit.