The Florida Department of Citrus sponsors and conducts research programs in several areas of health, wellness and nutrition to understand the benefits of incorporating fresh citrus and citrus juices into a healthy diet and lifestyle. Accompanying a unique flavor experience is a wide range of beneficial nutrients naturally occurring in high density in citrus products. To assist in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a healthy body, regular consumption of ‘nutrient dense’ foods like citrus should be a driving factor in diet choices. Our research efforts are designed to help build a scientifically sound ‘body of evidence’ that supports our understanding of the ways citrus products provide these benefits.
Health and Wellness
Recent and ongoing research is providing us a better picture of what health benefits you get with citrus. We are also discovering more about the mechanisms that lead to these benefits. Much of what has been historically described as benefits to human health has been in terms of individual components found in citrus fruit and citrus juices, such as specific vitamins and minerals. From the links below you can find out more about the overall benefits of citrus in your diet.
Oranges, grapefruits and tangerines contain vitamin C, fiber, folate and other nutritious nutritionally beneficial components. Vitamin C, for example, helps your body fight infection and may help reduce the risk of certain diseases. Also, diets high in fiber may help lower cholesterol and help with digestion. Other important elements in fresh citrus and citrus juices include lycopene, potassium, Vitamin B6 and thiamin. Shown below are several links to other web pages providing information on citrus nutrition.
- Consumer Nutrition Information
- Dietary Guidelines
- Dietetics and Nutrition
- Glycemic Index
- Nutrient Density
- Nutrition Spokesperson
A number of health and wellness research topics are studied or sponsored for clinical studies by the FDOC. For example, citrus juices have a unique blend of components that research indicates can have beneficial effects on your bones, brain, heart and skin. Fresh citrus and citrus juices can also be a beneficial choice as part of a diet if you are managing your weight. Listed below are Below are listed some of the research areas you can learn more about on this web site.