Your Ultimate Winter Fruit Guide
Women’s Health have just published an article called “Your Ultimate Winter Fruit Guide”. It goes through the 7 fruits that it recommends as being the best during the winter season.
Let’s have a look through what they have chosen
The article states: “Skip the OJ and go straight for whole oranges—you’ll get way less sugar and more fiber per serving along with that crucial immunity-boosting vitamin C. “I like to pair an orange with some pistachios for a perfectly balanced and nutrient-dense snack,” says Mia Zarlengo, R.D. A recent 15-year study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition also found that those who regularly eat flavonoid-rich oranges are less likely to develop macular degeneration.”
Our commments: Citrus in general comes into season in winter and oranges are part of that. How they have worked out there is less sugar in an unjuiced orange is unclear as juicing does not create sugar!
For some people, pairing orange with pistachio would not be a perfect combination. We would suggest you eat oranges as a monomeal or mono snack as they are perfect on their own.
The article says: “It can be tempting to grab a can of pears year-round, but trust: Eating them fresh and in-season is worth the wait. The fall and winter fruit is a great source of fiber (even more than apples!), which keeps you regular, Zarlengo says.”
Our comments: Who eats cans of pears?! Calling a fruit a great source of fibre always seems like an unusual understatement. Pears are a delicious and calorie dense fruit that are pretty underrated.
The article says: Cranberries probably can’t help with your UTI (sorry!), but a review in the journal Advances in Nutrition links cranberry consumption to tons of health benefits, including lower cholesterol levels and a reduced risk of coronary disease, diabetes, and inflammation. (Not too shabby for this humble Thanksgiving side.)
Our comments: Cranberries are a huge industry in the US partly because of it’s use as a sauce during the holidays. In recent years it has been connected with anti-Cancer properties which have helped to launch a large cranberry juice industry also. However, Cranberries are virtually unedible raw and generally are sweetened with sugar. Not an ideal winter fruit but better than nothing if cranberry sauce is the only fruit you get all year!
The article says: Pomegranates provide a healthy dose of antioxidants, which can protect your bod from free-radical damage that’s linked to signs of aging and disease, Zarlengo says. The winter fruit is also high in fiber and potassium. And they taste amazing whether you’re enjoying the juice or the arils (the edible seeds inside the fruit).
Our comments: Virtually every comment here can be applied to all fruits. These benefits are not unique to the pomegranate. However if this convinces people to eat more pomegranates then that is excellent.
The article says: These delicious sugary-sweet winter fruits are “packed with a lot of different vitamins and minerals for a multitude of health benefits,” says Zarlengo. Specifically, a review from the journal Advances in Horticultural Science says persimmons have a high level of antioxidants that may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (although more research is needed on that front).
Our comments: Truly the king of winter fruit! A fruit that you can eat as your staple during winter if you choose. Makes a wonderful smoothie on its own but fantastic and very satisfying eaten alone. Once again, the benefits in the article can be attributed to all fruits.
The article says: I love a good orange or grapefruit for its ability to wake me right up, but they’re not exactly portable—which is so key during that morning rush. “Clementines have the same benefits as oranges,” says Zarlengo (read: vitamin C) “and these small fruits make a perfect grab-and-go snack.”
Our comments: It seems a bit redundant to put clementines and oranges in the same article. Also, since when are Oranges not portable 🙂 🙂
The article says: Grapefruits are high in nutrients like vitamin A and C, the antioxidant lycopene, and fiber—making it a great citrus alternative to oranges when you’re in the mood. But check with your doctor about eating them if you’re on antibiotics or another prescription med, as a compound in grapefruits has been known to interfere with certain drugs.
Our comments: Supposedly, it is true that Grapefruits can interfere with certain drugs. It is highly unlikely that Grapefruits were the cause of the problem leading to the drugs though. It’s very hard to get sweet grapefruit in the UK so it is very hard to make it a big part of your diet. Can be a great sharp addition to a juice or salad.
All of these fruits are wonderful for winter, and many you can get all throughout the year. The benefits attributed to these fruits can virtually be connected to all fruits. Various industries however have had the money to research the benefits of specific fruits and promote the outcomes of that research to create the impression that those benefits are only connected with that one fruit.
As we get more fruit from South America and South Africa and other places in the Southern Hemisphere we are getting better and better fruit all year round in the UK. If something looks good to you give it a taste even if it seems out of season. It may be perfectly in season from where it has come from.