Citrus fruits, fresh or not, are bad for your health. Very bad. At least according to a recent study that was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Why are oranges, lemons and other citrus fruits bad for your health
Because they contain cancer causing compounds which usually increase the risks of skin cancer. Scientists have a name for these compounds: furocoumarins and psoralens – naturally occurring chemicals with potential photocarcinogenic properties.
How bad is this
While the chances of survival are great when the disease is detected and treated early on, skin cancer is still cancer. It can kill.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, melanoma causes the death of at least one American per hour. This year, it will kill 9,940 people. And for other non-melanoma skin cancers, they will kill just about 6230 Americans this year. As for a worldwide tally, the World Health Organization puts it at 65,000 melanoma-related deaths.
A group of scientists performed the study. 41622 men and 63810 women were used in the study and their health was tracked over a couple of years – over two decades to be exact
The results of the study
After making adjustments for other factors that might increase the likelihood of cancer, the scientists found a relationship between incidences of cancer and the consumption of citrus. The more the people consumed citrus, the higher their risks of getting skin cancer – literally.
And grapefruit was the guiltier of all the members of the citrus fruit family.
But don’t give up on lemons and oranges just yet
Citrus fruits contain a healthy dose of vitamins and other nutrients that the body needs. These nutrients usually help to boost the body’s disease-fighting capabilities. And so yes, there is everything right with enjoying orange or lemon juice.
Plus the negative effects only manifested in people who consumed large amounts of the fruits. Not in those that had a couple of fresh healthy fruits on a twice-a-week basis.
Citrus fruits will only increase your risks of contracting skin cancer if you go for an overkill. So, take the fruits. But don’t overdo it.