Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory potential

Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory potential

Ugli fruits are full of compounds called flavonoids, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (15Trusted Source, 16Trusted Source).

One tangelo flavonoid called naringenin is thought to be a powerful antioxidant. In one study in mice, it reduced liver damage caused by free radicals (16Trusted Source).

Naringenin also has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and may help reduce levels of inflammatory markers like interleukin-6 (IL-6) in your blood (17Trusted Source).

This is significant, as chronic inflammation has been linked to several conditions, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease (18Trusted Source, 19Trusted Source, 20Trusted Source).

However, most of this research has been conducted in test tubes and animals. More research in humans is needed before firm conclusions can be drawn about the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory potential of ugli fruit.

SUMMARY
Ugli fruit is low in calories and contains fiber and a variety of vitamins and minerals. It also boasts powerful anti-inflammatory antioxidants.
Downsides
Grapefruits contain powerful compounds called furanocoumarins, which may interfere with several medications (21Trusted Source).

Thus, people on certain medications, including heart and anxiety medications, should avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice.

Given that ugli fruit is a cross between a grapefruit and an orange, there’s concern that it contains furanocoumarins as well.

However, the UGLI brand claims that their fruits do not contain furanocoumarins and are therefore safe for people on these medications.

Additionally, one study of 13 different varieties of tangelos revealed that only one variety contained furanocoumarins. Furthermore, the amount was low enough that it would not interact with medications (22).

However, if you are concerned about the potential for drug interactions, you should talk to your healthcare provider before you eat ugli fruit.

SUMMARY
Unlike grapefruits, most tangelos do not contain furanocoumarins, so they can be consumed by people taking medications that may interact with these powerful compounds. If you have concerns, consult your healthcare provider.

How to eat it
Ugli fruit is easy to eat.

It can be peeled similarly to other citrus fruits, such as oranges. In fact, because its skin is thick and very loosely attached, it may be even easier to peel than the skin of other citrus fruits.

Once the peel has been removed, you can separate the ugli fruit into sections — just as you would separate an orange. Although the fruit has fewer seeds than oranges and grapefruits, be mindful of removing them before you eat it.

If you prefer, you can also slice an unpeeled ugli fruit in half and eat it with a spoon, similarly to how you would eat a grapefruit.

Ugli fruit can be enjoyed by itself as a snack or dessert. Alternatively, you can use it as a sweet and citrusy addition to other recipes, such as salads, fruit salads, or stir-fries.

In any recipe that calls for orange or tangerine sections, you can use ugli fruit sections instead.

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