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Citrus fruits could quell bad effects of fastfoods

ARE there any ways or means to stop your craving  for fastfoods? People are aware that fastfoods like hamburgers, fries, chips, fried chicken and soda floats could increase their weight but craving  for these is really hard to resist.

It’s easy to stock your cupboards with fresh, whole foods to eat for weekends, but what about those times when you’re out and about… the hunger pangs strike… and the only thing in arm’s reach is a gooey slice of pizza or a hamburger with fries.

Researchers have recently uncovered a simple (and delicious) way to counteract the effects of a few bad dietary choices.

All you need to do is eat more citrus fruits. Yes, oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruits galore can help you stay on a healthier tract if you fall victim to the unhealthy fats characteristic of the foods that make up the Western diet.

Researchers from Sao Paulo State University in Brazil found that mice who ate a high-fat, Western diet suffered from the same health problems as people who eat this way — cell damage, high blood sugar, high cholesterol and liver damage. But when mice ate citrus flavanones with this diet, it reduced the damage to their bodies significantly.
In their study, researchers used three specific flavanones from oranges, limes and lemons: hesperidin, eriocitrin and eriodictyol. By feeding these flavanones to mice on a high-fat, Western diet, researchers were able to:
* Reduce the cell damage caused by a poor diet by over 50 percent
* Reduce fat accumulation in the liver and liver damage
* Lower cholesterol
* Lower blood sugar
However, the flavanones failed to help the mice lose any weight. But they were nearly a cure-all for every other health problem caused by a poor diet. So these flavanones aren’t the solution to obesity, but they could be the solution to obesity-related health problems.
Researchers believe they could help treat everything from heart disease to liver disease to diabetes because of their ability to put out the fires of inflammation in your body.
If you’re ready to see the inflammation-squelching powers of citrus flavanones for yourself, there’s a long list of citrus fruits you can choose from. The most common are oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes, citrons and tangerines.