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Ugli Fruit Health Benefits

The ugli fruit is a member of the citrus family, and despite its name, the fruit has an attractive interior with a sweet flavour. Because of its sweet flavour, ugli fruit can be eaten on its own, but also makes a tasty addition to certain recipes.

 

This unique fruit was discovered as an accidental seedling in Brown’s Town, Jamaica where it was propagated and exported beginning in the 1914.

 

Its parentage combines the best characteristics of the tangerine, grapefruit and Seville orange.

 

The peels of this fruit can be taken off very easily. The easiest way of serving this fruit is to slice them in half.

 

Slicing can loosen the sections and you can eat them with a spoon. This makes a very savoury dish.

 

The fruit is rich in Vitamins A and C, Calcium, Iron and Dietary Fibers. A halved section of this fruit contains about 8 grams of sugar, 1.4 gms of Protein and 11 grams of carbohydrates.

 

The amount of cholesterol, sodium and saturated fat is quite low. The fruit is also a good source of folate.

 

Add ugli fruit sections to a fruit salad, or replace orange juice with ugli fruit juice in your favourite marinade or sauce recipe.

 

The high vitamin C content in a serving of ugli fruit is another health benefit.

 

A serving of ugli fruit contains 70 percent of the 75 to 90 milligrams of vitamin C you need each day.

 

Vitamin C helps keep your immune system strong and acts an antioxidant to destroy free radicals, harmful substances that cause inflammation and tissue damage throughout your body.

 

Over time, this damage can lead to chronic health problems such as cancer.

 

Ugli also has calcium storage of about two percent of the total calcium intake required daily.

 

This helps the bones and teeth in the body to a great extent. This fabulous fruit reduces the risk for other diseases such as cancer, stroke, hypertension and even muscle related problems.

 

This fruit is also recommended for skin and heart related diseases.

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