citrus – Uncle Matt's Organic http://www.unclematts.com Organic Juices and Beverages | Love at First Sip Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:21:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.3 http://www.unclematts.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/cropped-umo-logo-on-wood-e1511126022201-32x32.png citrus – Uncle Matt's Organic http://www.unclematts.com 32 32 Starting Your Day With Orange Juice May Be Really Good For You, According To Science http://www.unclematts.com/starting-your-day-with-orange-juice-may-be-really-good-for-you-according-to-science-study/ Tue, 03 Apr 2018 14:26:48 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3220 more]]> Drinking orange juice could help improve brain function in elderly people, according to new research from the University of Reading.

The study saw a group of 37 healthy adults (mean age 67 years) consuming 500ml (just under a pint) of orange juice, daily over an eight week period. At the beginning and end of the eight weeks their memory, reaction time and verbal fluency was measured. These were then combined into one overall score known as ‘global cognitive function’.

The adults showed an 8% overall improvement in global cognitive function after orange juice consumption compared to a control drink (matched for taste and calories) given during a different eight week period. Although subtle, these improvements are significant.

One of the tests of verbal memory required learning a list of words which are then recalled immediately and after a 30 minute delay. An 8% improvement equates to remembering one more word from a shopping list of 15 items. Small improvements such as this over an eight week period could translate into substantial improvements over the lifespan.

While the researchers are not recommending that people drink 500ml of orange juice every day, they believe these findings show that the constituents of orange juice could play an important role in providing brain-boosting nutrients as part of a healthy, balanced diet. They also wish to reinforce the importance of being aware of the nutritional content of fresh fruit juice drinks, relative to daily recommended intake of sugar.

Dr Daniel Lamport, from the University’s School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences and co-author of the study, said: “The population is ageing rapidly across the world. Estimates suggest that the number of persons aged 60 or over could triple by 2100. It’s therefore imperative that we explore simple, cost-effective ways to improve cognitive function in old age.”

Orange juice is a major source of a group of naturally occurring plant phytochemicals known as flavonoids, being particularly rich in a sub-class of flavonoids, known as flavanones. Recent studies from the School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy have shown that flavonoids may improve memory through the activation of signalling pathways in the hippocampus, a part of the brain that is associated with learning and memory.

This study is thought to be one of the first to show that regularly consuming orange juice flavanones could have a positive effect on older people’s cognition.

Dr Lamport continued: “Small, easily administered changes to the daily diet, such as eating more flavonoid-rich fruits and vegetables, have the potential to substantially benefit brain health. We know that people find it difficult to sustain big changes to their diet but simple alterations are much easier to maintain permanently.

“More research on the positive effects of flavonoids on cognition is still needed. However, this is an important discovery which strengthens the growing body of evidence that flavonoid rich foodstuffs could play a big role in tackling cognition decline in old age.”

Previous Reading research has shown that other flavonoid rich foods such as blueberries are beneficial for cognition. Research is still ongoing to determine the exact mechanisms by which flavonoids may exert benefits to the brain. Several mechanisms have been proposed such as improved blood flow in the brain and protecting neurons against oxidative damage and increasing the efficiency with which neurons transmit signals.

Chronic consumption of flavanone-rich orange juice is associated with cognitive benefits: an 8-wk, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in healthy older adults 1-3 was published in the March issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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Citrus Sangria http://www.unclematts.com/citrus-sangria/ Mon, 20 Nov 2017 01:12:56 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=2554 more]]> Serves: 4

Ingredients
1 bottle Frey Vineyards red wine
1 cup Uncle Matt’s Organic orange juice
1/2 pineapple, chopped (roughly 1 cup)
1 Uncle Matt’s organic orange, sliced into thin rounds and then halved
1/2 organic pear, cubed

Instructions

Slice fruit and drop into a large pitcher.

Add orange juice, then wine and stir.

Refrigerate until serving – 4-6 hours would be ideal so the flavors can mingle.

Drink within 1-2 days.

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Kale Citrus Salad http://www.unclematts.com/kale-citrus-salad/ Sat, 04 Nov 2017 21:47:21 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=2622 more]]> This kale salad will have all of your guests wondering what the secret is… it’s that good! Featuring Uncle Matt’s Organic Orange Juice, it’s the perfect salad for your weekend brunch, small gathering, or add some chicken to make it a complete meal!

Ingredients:

2 bunches organic kale, leaves torn off the stalks
1/4 cup Uncle Matt’s Organic orange juice
2 tablespoons organic olive oil
1 teaspoon sugar
1 clove garlic, pressed or grated
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 heaping tablespoon sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
3 tangerines, mandarins or clementines (or 1 orange), peeled and cut into chunks
4 ounces goat cheese (chevre)
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup sliced raw almonds

Optional: 3-4 oz grilled organic chicken

Directions

Grab bunches of the kale leaves and use a sharp knife to thinly slice them. Keep going until you have a big pile of finely shredded kale.

To make the dressing, combine the orange juice, olive oil, sugar, garlic and some salt and pepper in a small jar. Shake vigorously until combined, then add the sour cream or yogurt and shake again until it’s nice and creamy.

Toss the kale in half the dressing for a minute or so, then add the citrus pieces, almonds and cranberries. Toss again until combined. Add a little more dressing if it needs it. (Extra dressing can be stored in the fridge and used for any salad.)

At the last minute, break the goat cheese into chunks with a fork and toss it into the salad. Serve.

Tip: Want to make this a full protein packed meal? Add 3-4 oz grilled chicken and you’re good to go!

Original recipe inspired by Food Network, Ree Drummond.

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Citrus Green Smoothie http://www.unclematts.com/citrus-green-smoothie/ Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:42:55 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=2618 more]]> Try this immunity boosting Citrus Green Smoothie for an instant antioxidant pick-me-up featuring Uncle Matt’s Organic Orange Turmeric Juice with Probiotics!

Ingredients:

2 cups Uncle Matt’s Organic Orange Turmeric Juice with Probiotics
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp grated ginger
2 cups baby organic spinach
1 cup organic greek yogurt
Ice (optional)

Blend all ingredients well and serve immediately.

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Triple Citrus Glazed Grilled Salmon http://www.unclematts.com/triple-citrus-glazed-grilled-salmon/ Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:48:00 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=2533 more]]> Uncle Matt’s Orange Juice, lemon juice, orange marmalade and savory ingredients pair to make a bold and nutritious accompaniment to salmon fillets. Perfect for any kind of gathering.

Ingredients

Triple Citrus Glaze:
3/4 cup fresh Uncle Matt’s Organic orange juice
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup chicken stock
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons orange marmalade
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter
Pinch kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Grilled Salmon:
Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
4 (6-ounce, 1-inch thick) salmon fillets
Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Glaze:
Bring all of the ingredients to a boil in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat, stirring to melt the preserves and to keep the mixture from burning. Reduce the heat to a simmer and let the glaze reduce until syrupy, about 15 to 20 minutes. Adjust the seasonings with salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.

Salmon:
Heat a grill to medium-high heat.

Brush both sides of the fillets with olive oil just before grilling, then season with salt and pepper, to taste. Grill the salmon for about 4 minutes per side, brushing with the glaze during the final few minutes of cooking. Transfer the salmon to serving plates and brush them with the remaining glaze before serving.

Recipe courtesy of The Neelys

Source: Food Network

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Orange juice ‘improves brain function’ http://www.unclematts.com/orange-juice-improves-brain-function/ http://www.unclematts.com/orange-juice-improves-brain-function/#respond Wed, 12 Jul 2017 18:41:47 +0000 http://unclematts.com/?p=2282 more]]>

A small study, which saw 37 adults with an average age of 67 consume 500ml (just under a pint) of orange juice daily for eight weeks, found they had an 8% overall improvement in cognitive function compared with a group who consumed a control drink.

At the beginning and end of the eight weeks their memory, reaction time and verbal fluency was measured by carrying out eight tests.

One of the tests of verbal memory required learning a list of words to be recalled immediately, and again after a 30-minute delay.

Researchers said an 8 per cent improvement equates to remembering one more word from a shopping list of 15 items. Small improvements such as this over an eight-week period could translate into substantial improvements over the lifespan.

While the researchers are not recommending that people drink 500ml of orange juice every day, due to its high sugar content, they said their findings show that the constituents of orange juice could play an important role in providing brain-boosting nutrients as part of a healthy, balanced diet.

Co-author Dr Daniel Lamport, of the University of Reading’s School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, said orange juice is a major source of a group of naturally occurring plant phytochemicals known as flavonoids, and is particularly rich in a subclass of flavonoids, known as flavanones.

Recent studies have shown that flavonoids may improve memory through the activation of signalling pathways in the hippocampus, a part of the brain that is associated with learning and memory.

He said with a rapidly ageing population and estimations that the number of persons aged 60 or over could triple by 2100, it is “imperative” that simple, cost-effective ways to improve cognitive function in old age are explored.

“Small, easily administered changes to the daily diet, such as eating more flavonoid-rich fruits and vegetables, have the potential to substantially benefit brain health,” he said.

“We know that people find it difficult to sustain big changes to their diet but simple alterations are much easier to maintain permanently.

“More research on the positive effects of flavonoids on cognition is still needed. However, this is an important discovery which strengthens the growing body of evidence that flavonoid-rich foodstuffs could play a big role in tackling cognition decline in old age.”

Source: Telegraph.co.uk

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Study shows grapefruits tackle diabetes as well as leading drug http://www.unclematts.com/study-shows-grapefruits-tackle-diabetes-as-well-as-leading-drug/ http://www.unclematts.com/study-shows-grapefruits-tackle-diabetes-as-well-as-leading-drug/#respond Mon, 22 Feb 2016 19:37:34 +0000 http://unclematts.com/?p=2043 more]]> Scientists have found that the popular breakfast fruit works just as well as the common diabetes pill metformin in lowering harmful blood sugars.The breakthrough discovery could be a simple way to get Britain’s soaring diabetes and obesity crises under control.

US researchers have found that the so-called “grapefruit diet” which was popular in the Seventies and Eighties as the latest “Hollywood” diet secret followed by the likes of actress Brooke Shields may in fact have some scientific basis.

The team, from the University of California, Berkeley, gave one group of mice an antioxidant called naringin, a bioactive compound in grapefruit juice that has been identified as a key agent in weight loss.

They gave another group metformin, the most common glucose-lowering drug prescribed for patients with Type 2 diabetes.

The mice were fed a diet that was either 60 per cent fat or 10 per cent fat for 100 days, and their metabolic health was monitored throughout the study.

Researcher Professor Joseph Napoli said: “The grapefruit juice lowered blood glucose to the same degree as metformin.

“That means a natural fruit drink lowered glucose levels as effectively as a prescription drug.”

The group of high-fat-diet mice that received naringin had lower blood glucose levels than the control group, but there was no effect on weight, suggesting that some other ingredient in grapefruit juice is also beneficial.

The study did not find as big an impact on mice that ate a low-fat diet.

The researchers also randomly divided mice into six groups, including a control group that drank only water.

Those drinking grapefruit juice got a mixture diluted with water at different concentrations, and sweetened slightly with saccharin to counteract grapefruit’s bitterness.

The researchers also added glucose and artificial sweeteners to the control group’s water so that it would match the calorie and saccharin content of the grapefruit juice.

At the end of the study period, the mice that ate the high-fat diet and drank diluted grapefruit juice not only gained less weight than their control counterparts, they also had a 13 to 17 per cent decrease in blood glucose levels and a three-fold decrease in insulin levels, which reveals greater sensitivity to insulin.

In Type 2 diabetes, the pancreas makes extra insulin to compensate for increased resistance to the hormone.Those that drank the grapefruit juice saw a two-fold decrease in insulin levels, but there was no significant change in weight or other metabolic factors.

The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, also found that mice fed a high-fat diet gained 18 per cent less weight when they drank clarified, no-pulp grapefruit juice compared with a control group of mice that drank water.

Juice-drinking mice also showed improved levels of glucose, insulin and a type of fat called triacylglycerol compared with their water-drinking counterparts.

Prof Napolli added: “We see all sorts of scams about nutrition. But these results, based on controlled experiments, warrant further study of the potential health-promoting properties of grapefruit juice.”

Previous research has hailed the benefits of grapefruit for beating diabetes.

One study by experts in Jerusalem and Boston found that naringenin helps the liver to burn fat instead of storing it after eating while increasing the production of insulin.

This mimics the process in long periods of fasting where fatty acids are broken down instead of carbohydrates.

Naringenin gives citrus fruits – in particular grapefruit – a bitter taste.

Source: Express

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Winter Citrus Salad http://www.unclematts.com/winter-citrus-salad/ Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:15:55 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=2800 more]]>

This bright, fresh salad of sweet-tangy citrus is studded with red pomegranate, kiwi, apples, and kumquats.  It’s a dramatic, holiday-worthy plate!

Ingredients

Serves 6

2 red-fleshed grapefruits (such as Marsh Ruby, Rio Star, or Star Ruby)

3 blood oranges

3 navel oranges

4 satsuma tangerines, clementines, or other mandarins

1 apple, chopped

1/3 cup sugar or 2 1/2 teaspoons powdered stevia

3 large kumquats, sliced

1 star fruit, thinly sliced seeds of 1/4 pomegranate

2 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced

mint sprigs for garnish

Recipe Note: This can be assembled a few hours in advance, but don’t add the kiwi until just before serving, as it contains an enzyme that can soften other fruits.

 

Directions

1. Using a citrus zester, remove several strands of zest from a grapefruit, blood orange, navel orange, and mandarin; set the zest aside.

2. Peel the grapefruits, oranges, and mandarins; section the fruit over a serving bowl, removing all traces of pulpy membrane and reserving it in a separate bowl. When you’ve removed all the sections, wring out the remaining membrane with your hands to extract about 1 cup of juice; discard any remaining pulp and seeds.

3. In a medium saucepan, combine the juice with the sugar or stevia. Bring to a boil; add citrus zest, kumquats, and star fruit. Simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Cool, then pour over the citrus sections. Top with pomegranate seeds; cover and chill until ready to serve. Just before serving, add kiwi, chopped apple, and garnish with mint.

Source: Natural Health Magazine Online
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Uncle Matt’s Juices: Just What the Doctor Ordered! http://www.unclematts.com/uncle-matts-juices-just-what-the-doctor-ordered/ http://www.unclematts.com/uncle-matts-juices-just-what-the-doctor-ordered/#respond Fri, 25 Jan 2013 20:26:51 +0000 http://unclematts.com/?p=1130 more]]> With this decade’s worst cold and flu season in full swing, it’s good to know that Mother Nature provides natural ways to fight back. Adequate vitamin C intake is key to shortening the duration of sickness, and juices high in vitamin C will help get you there fast. In fact, the right 100% fruit juices should be an essential part of your diet when you have a cold to shorten its duration and get you back to full health.

And we’re happy to announce that Uncle Matt’s Organic orange and grapefruit juice make the list for “Best Cold-Fighting Juices.”  They are both excellent naturally-derived sources of vitamin C. And what’s more, all of Uncle Matt’s juices are U.S.A.-grown without the use of synthetic pesticides and herbicides.

One 8 oz. serving of orange juice provides 154% of the daily-recommended intake of vitamin C, while 8 ounces of grapefruit juice provides 134%. Both juices supply 1% of zinc, an essential mineral proven to boost immunity.

So besides stocking up on Uncle Matt’s orange and grapefruit juices during your next bout with the flu, consider this healthy fact: drinking plenty of cold liquids, like grapefruit and orange juice, can also help relieve a runny nose, according to Joanne Larsen, MS, RD, LD.

 To read the full article, click here.

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