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Vitamin C Never Tasted So Good!

One orange contains all the vitamin C the average person needs each day, as well as potassium, dietary fiber, folic acid and antioxidants. And, as an added bonus, oranges are fat-free, sodium-free, cholesterol-free and only 80 calories!

TRUE OR FALSE?

Supplements offer the same health benefits as Vitamin C found in fresh citrus - FALSE!

An article published in the May 2009 Health & Nutrition Newsletter from Tufts University titled "Multivitamins Fall Short in Biggest Study of Its Kind" concluded that multivitamin use among older women made no significant difference in the risk of cancer, heart disease or overall mortality. This research is the result of the largest and most comprehensive study to date.

Grapefruit can help you lose weight - TRUE!

A study published in the March 2006 issue of the Journal of Medicinal Food supports the long-held belief that grapefruit is useful in the battle of the bulge!

According to a pilot study by the Nutrition and Metabolic Research Center at Scripps Clinic, adding grapefruit to one's diet may result in weight loss. Participants maintained their daily eating habits and slightly enhanced their exercise routine; the only dietary change was the intake of grapefruit and grapefruit juice. On average, participants who ate half a grapefruit with each meal lost 3.6 pounds, with some participants losing more than 10 pounds!

You should limit citrus in your diet if you suffer from Acid Reflux - FALSE!

Contrary to popular belief, there is no reason to avoid citrus fruits if you suffer from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, also known as GERD.

According to a study conducted by Stanford University and published in the Archives of Internal Medicine (May 2006), there's insufficient evidence to support the notion that eating citrus or other acidic foods will make heartburn worse - or that cutting them out will make it go away.