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6 facts and fables about citrus fruit

  1. Do you really lose weight with a glass of water with lemon juice every day? And do oranges prevent you from catching a cold? Six facts and myths about citrus fruit.

1. Grapefruit cannot be combined with medicines

  1. This is a fact for some medicines. Grapefruits contain a substance that affects the effect of some medicines, for example certain cholesterol-lowering agents. The package leaflet of the medicine will then contain a warning. It is not (yet) known whether hybrids of grapefruit also cause problems. Oranges and lemons certainly don't have this effect. To be on the safe side, it is wise not to eat more than one grapefruit, pomelo, ugli, sweetie or mineola per day while taking these medications. If in doubt, consult the pharmacist.

2. Lemon juice is good for the figure

  1. Unfortunately for those who want to lose weight: it really is a myth that lemon juice dissolves the fat in your body.

3. Vitamin C prevents colds

  1. There is no doubt that vitamin C is necessary for good resistance. But does taking extra vitamin C reduce the risk of catching a cold or not? This has not been conclusively proven. A lot of research finds no effect. Sometimes a beneficial effect is found with high doses of 1000 milligrams of vitamin C daily (which is equivalent to eating sixteen oranges). Usually this concerns people who have to make great physical efforts, such as top athletes.

4. You should scrub lemon peel well before use

  1. That's right, unless you buy organic lemons. Need grated lemon zest in a dish? Before grating, scrub the skin thoroughly to remove any anti-fungal agents. These agents are not used when growing organic lemons.

5. The vitamin C content of orange juice deteriorates rapidly

  1. That is not true. When processing citrus fruit, the vitamin C content itself deteriorates quickly. For example, canned mandarins contain only a third of the amount of vitamin C of fresh mandarins. And marmalade contains less than 10 percent of the vitamin C from oranges. Orange juice is not that bad: after opening a carton, 2 percent of the vitamin C per day disappears.

6. Citrus fruit contains an E number

  1. That's a fact. Citrus fruits are naturally full of E300. That is the E number that is used for vitamin C, also called ascorbic acid. E300 is used to prevent spoilage. No wonder you can keep citrus fruit for so long!



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