If you’re trying to lose weight, you’ll probably be trying to avoid sugar at all costs. That doesn’t mean you have to miss out on sweets. Satisfy your cravings with clementines.
Clementines are a perfect fit for your fat-fighting strategy. They’re a simple food that is sweet enough to eat as a snack or a pudding, so they’re a marvellous alternative to nutrient poor, calorie laden sweets. With this article, you’ll learn how to fight fat by introducing this delicious citrus fruit into your healthy regime.
Health benefits galore
Oranges, of course, are arguably the most famous source of vitamin C . Did you realise, though, that the humble clementine contains 27 mg of vitamin C for every 100 g? This is useful information for smokers, as they often require double the amount of vitamin C to protect them from lung cancer. Women of childbearing age will love this fruit for its folic acid content, as it’s known to help prevent birth defects.
The clementine contains a staggering array of phytochemicals – 150, to be precise. Over 60 of those are flavonoids, which are warriors at protecting blood vessels, reducing inflammation and providing powerful antioxidants. Polyphenolic phytochemicals are one type of antioxidant that help to inhibit cancer and heart diseases.
Research into the role that polyphenols play in memory and other brain functions is still being carried out. Flavanones (especially herperidin), another group of phytochemicals, can reduce inflammation, regulate blood pressure and improve blood cholesterol levels. When you eat a clementine, you’ll want to make sure that you eat as much of the white inner pulp as you manage. That’s where all the herperidin hides.
Clementines versus fat
Research conducted by the University of Western Ontario’s Murray Huff lab team illustrates that nobiliten, one of clementine’s flavonoids, prevents the accumulation of fat in the liver by stimulating the genes that are involved in burning excess fat. Additionally, nobiliten suppresses the genes responsible for making lipids.
The same research team discovered a flavonoid called naringenin, which can be found in pomegranates. It offers similar protection from obesity and other metabolic syndromes. What’s really exciting about these findings is that nobiliten has ten times the ability to protect us as naringenin. Additionally, nobiliten can protect you from atherosclerosis. Now, who would have thought such a cute, little fruit could be such a mean, lean, fighting machine?