Friday, April 20, 2012

Everyday Health Blog Post: Trend Alert: Yuzu (‘Japanese Grapefruit’)

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Check out my very first blog post on the Everyday Health blog! I'll be writing bi-monthly articles, so stay tuned for more healthylicious news... 

Yuzu? Sounds like a quirky Japanese car, not a hybrid citrus fruit hailing from the isles of Japan. The Yuzu fruit aka the ‘Japanese Grapefruit’ is a hybrid of sour mandarin orange and Ichang papeda, resembling a small grapefruit. Never heard of it? Well, it’s the next superfood to watch, so put it on your health trend radar!
These aromatic, yellow fruits typically range between 5.5 to 7.5 cm in diameter; about the size of a golf ball. Boasting a plethora of health benefits, this citrus cousin originated in China, but is most cultivated in Japan and Korea.
Tart to the taste, this fruit is rarely eaten whole, but used as an ingredient in craft foods, sauces, seasonings, teas, and liquors. Truth be told, I recently discovered it dining at a Japanese restaurant in Manhattan, where it was used in a seasoning, and I became intrigued with its origin and nutritional value.
A 2010 Journal of Food Science study article found that limolene, from the yuzu’s peel, may have anti-inflammatory benefits. Inflammation is a silent epidemic that triggers chronic diseases, according to Dr. Barry Sears, founder of The Zone Diet.
Other Health Benefits Include:
Antioxidants - A substance, like vitamin C, that reduces cell damage due to oxygen.
Skin Health - Prevent aging and add moisture to the skin, when taken orally and topically
Muscle Recovery - Malic acid can help relieve muscle aches
While it is difficult to find in the U.S., you can find it at some specialty food markets. Happy hunting!
For Information on other superfoods, click here or see below…
By Tatiana Ridley, CHHC, AADP
Founder, Tatiana’s Health and Wellness