Bite-Size Citrus Bursts with Health Benefits
The Chinese lunar New Year falls on February 3rd. Celebrate by eating kumquats, and gold and good fortune will be yours -- or so believed the ancient Chinese for whom the kumquat tree was a sacred symbol of their New Year. But science suggests plenty of other reasons to pop these sweet, bite-sized fruit into your mouth. Ten tiny kumquats (about 2/3 cup) are loaded with vitamin C (140%), not unlike other citrus fruit. But where kumquats really stand out is in their 48% of daily fiber -- dramatically more than other citrus varieties. Plus their 4 grams of protein is about what you'd get in a handful of most nuts. What accounts for these standouts may be the unique fact that kumquats are eaten skin, seeds and all.