Food For Thought: Clementines

Hello Friends,

I love seeing sweet little clementines all over the place this time of year. These deep orange little citrus fruits are easy to peel and absolutely delicious. I love eating clementines out of hand, and they’re also wonderfully delicious tossed into a green salad. (I adore foods that come in biodegradable packaging!)

Clementines are also known as Christmas oranges, and you can consider yourself a lucky boy or girl if Santa left some clementines in your stocking last Christmas because they are chock full of health benefits.

~Clementines contain potent antioxidants and prevent free radical damage.

~Like other citrus fruits, clementines are rich in vitamin C which will help keep your immune system healthy.

~The dietary fiber in clementines keeps your digestive system functioning smoothly.

~The beta carotene and ascorbic acid in clementines helps aid in good eye health as research suggests these substances can help prevent age-related vision loss.

~If you’re feeling lethargic, sniff a clementine. Might sound crazy, but the scent of a clementine triggers the secretion of a neurotransmitter that helps relieve stress and make you feel energetic and refreshed.

~Eat clementines for healthy-looking skin!

In addition to these health benefits, clementines contain essential minerals and vitamins including Folate, Calcium, Iron, Potassium and Copper.

I can’t think of a single negative thing to say about clementines—the candy of the fruit bowl–except that you might want to have a glass of water after eating one so the acid doesn’t damage your tooth enamel.

Leanne Ely, Your Dinner Diva

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