Are you ready to try something new? Ugli fruit is a cross between grapefruit, Seville orange and a tangerine. It is believed to be discovered growing wild in Jamaica, where it is still grown today. Ugli fruit is easy to peel, separate into sections, and is slightly sweeter than grapefruit. In addition, Ulgi fruit does not contain furanocoumarins, which have been known to interfere with certain medications
A serving of Ugli fruit, which is half of the fruit, contains 2 grams of dietary fiber. Fiber has a host of health benefits including cutting your risk of developing constipation by enabling your digestive system to work more efficiently. It also lowers your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes and helps regulate cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
The Ugli fruit contains a high amount of vitamin C. 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. Vitamin C is also essential for the formation of collagen, the connective tissue in your gums, muscles, skin and tissues. Collagen is also necessary for wound healing.
Ugli fruit contains 0 grams of fat and no cholesterol. A serving of Ugli fruit supplies 2 percent of the daily value of calcium. Eating citrus fruits on a regular basis might lower your risk of cancer, stroke, hypertension, heart disease and cataracts, according to a 2002 article published in the "Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition."