The citrus smile: about tangerines, oranges, clementines and others

The citrus smile: about tangerines, oranges, clementines and others

 Tangerines, oranges, clementines, grapefruit, etc., we are again in luck with this temporality … you know some things are going (but will return) and others arrive ; and now begins the moment of citrus (among many other foods of autumn and winter)

For those who enjoy a good table, I do not know any more absurd question than those of the type which is your favorite dish and, in this case, your favorite fruit. At least it happens to me, that I am unable to give one, not even a dozen … at its point of ripeness, all the fruits seem exquisite . But it is also true that for oranges and citrus in general I have a particular predilection, I think I like everything I know or smell of orange, lemon, and so on. I like the citrus-inspired colonies, my daughters have a beautiful story called ” the beautiful mandarin ” and I enjoy as a dwarf of desserts and recipes that either roughly or more elaborately incorporate this type of elements (dark chocolate with orange , bitter orange marmalade of cachorreñas oranges , salads with orange or tangerine , baked loin with orange , etc.).


Juice vs. fruit.

<strong>Juice vs. fruit.</strong>

One of the most recurrent questions regarding these food items is whether a juice equals a serving of fruit , especially when it comes to oranges, which is the typical “juice” fruit. And the answer must be clear: NO . Let’s see why:

When you make a juice you use about three oranges (I know, it depends) and you drink in half a minute the calories of those three oranges while leaving much of the fiber in the juicer. However, when you eat orange, you eat one , with all your calories but no more , you take more time to do it than drinking a glass, which favors the increase of satiety and also you get all your fiber with all your Benefits. So, the juice, even if it is “natural” and made from fruit, is not fruit . For more reasons on whether a fruit juice equals a serving of fruit, I suggest you take a look at this GREP-AEDN positioning document . And since we are what contrasts in this link (and a shit fruit! ) The usefulness of those preparations that are sold especially for children and that supposedly equate to a serving of fruit.


Vitamin C and colds

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Another idea quite well installed among the general population is the fact that citrus fruits prevent or minimize the flu and catarrh processes, thanks to their contribution of vitamin C.

With this nutrient as the center of attention and the issue of colds and flu have been published countless scientific studies in which the vast majority do not observe these preventive benefits and, a few, it seems that yes. Fortunately, in a recent meta-analysis on this issue ( Vitamin C for preventing and treating the common cold ) whose conclusions are the following:

The failure of vitamin C supplements to reduce the incidence of colds in the normal population indicates that prophylaxis with mega-doses of this vitamin does not rationally justify its use in the general population . However, the evidence also shows that its use could be justified in people exposed to intense physical activity in cold environments for brief periods of time. […] Those studies in which vitamin C was used at the onset of colds as a possible therapy showed no benefit at doses of up to 4 grams per day [of vitamin C]. However, in a large study in which therapeutic doses of up to 8 grams were used, it showed positive but controversial results on this possible use at the onset of symptoms

Note 1: To give you an idea of ​​how much higher there are 4 and 8 grams of the intake recommendations for the general population regarding vitamin C, suffice it to say that these recommendations are specified at 75 and 90 mg / day.

Note 2: In any case, whether you have a cold or not, it is still more convenient to take an orange (or an apple or a persimón or …) than, say, a Swiss muffin.

In summary

There is no need to promote the consumption of fruit using for this the claim of their isolated nutrients, which would not stop being an expression of the well-known nutritionism .

The benefits of including an adequate proportion of fruit in our daily diet are more than contrasted to the point that, for example, WHO figures in 1.7 million deaths in the world directly attributable to low consumption of fruits and vegetables.

My advice is that to achieve that adequate consumption, that you resort to seasonal products , and the reasons are clear: these products are cheaper than at other times of the year, they gather all their best sensory qualities (they are richer) and you learn to follow a healthy variety without falling into boredom .

To de-stress a little with so many deaths and so on, I leave you with a hilarious monologue by Luis Piedrahita (like all yours) in which he starts wondering if the oranges are named for their color, or if the color “orange” “It is named for the color of oranges, and ends up raving on the skin of tangerines. A kind of what was before if the egg or the chicken but an orange-hilarious color.

If you want, before giving the “play” I suggest you go for some tangerines, or for an orange, and enjoy the double while you see it.