The Best Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits are not only tasty treats, but they are good for your health as well. High in vitamin C, popular citrus fruits and juices such as oranges are a staple in most people's diets. While nearly all citrus fruits are healthy in general, some offer even more health benefits than others.

Oranges

Oranges are considered one of the best citrus fruits primarily for their taste. While oranges are high in vitamin C content, they are also high in sugar. The reason many children and adults love oranges and orange juice is because of the sweet taste, which is directly related to the amount of sugar in the fruit. So while oranges are popular, inexpensive and versatile (the rind is often used in baking), they are not the healthiest choice. On the plus side, they are not as acidic as many citrus fruits and therefore, are less likely to cause stomach problems or heartburn.

Grapefruit

Grapefruit does not have as high a sugar content as oranges do. Loaded with Vitamin C, the grapefruit is higher in acidity, however, and may have too strong a pH content for some people with sensitive digestive systems to handle. Still, grapefruit is one of the best citrus fruits because it is readily available, boosts the immune system and is fairly inexpensive.

Yellow-Fleshed Kiwifruit

The yellow-fleshed kiwifruit is the citrus fruit with the highest amount of vitamin C, making it the best choice for people who want to get the most vitamin C out of their citrus fruit. It is also quite sweet. This particular kiwifruit is hard to find in America, however.

Lemons and Limes

Lemons are one of the best citrus fruits for all-around health. They are known to boost the immune system and are high in vitamin C. Rich in minerals, lemons also balance the pH levels in our bodies. Lemon juice also works to flush toxins out of your body in a very gentle way, and they are not so high in acidity that they cause acid reflux. Limes are similar to lemons, but not quite as healthy.

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April Sanders has been a writer and educator for 11 years. She is a published curriculum writer and has provided academic content for several subscription databases. Sanders holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social psychology and a Master's degree in information sciences and technology.