Winterize Your Body in the New Year With a Blast of 'Citron'



    Versatile Sunkist(R) Lemons May Help Fight Cold Symptoms and more

    SHERMAN OAKS, CA, Jan. 7 /CNW/ - Say hello to 2009 with a delicious burst
of lemon sunshine! From the rich and fertile fields of California and Arizona
to Canadian tables, Sunkist's tart and tangy lemons are juicier than ever and
primed to help battle colds and the post-holiday blues. Arriving in abundance
to re-energize the body, Sunkist lemons can help keep the immune system in
optimal condition during the cold and flu season this winter.
    "Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C and one of the most
important natural antioxidants," said homeopathic doctor and nutritionist
Bryce Wylde. "Cutting a lemon in half in the morning and squeezing it into a
glass of water can help protect your body this winter season, and is an easy
way to enhance your natural detoxification abilities."
    With truck loads of lemons making their way to grocery stores across the
country, Sunkist offers tips to help Canadians winterize their bodies and
integrate them into wellness regimes. This year, Canadians can protect
themselves with nature's most versatile fruit. A rich source of Vitamin C and
other nutrients; a natural flavour enhancer and an easy way to refresh a
beverage, the lemon offers a multitude of benefits all wrapped up in a
fragrant, sunny yellow package.
    "The quality of this season's lemon harvest is really impressive," said
Claire Smith, Director of Corporate Communications for Sunkist. "It's a
tribute to Mother Nature's goodness and a true testament to the dedication of
the growers who make up our Sunkist cooperative. This year we have an
impressive supply of lemons that deliver the juice and the sweet/tart flavour
that delights consumers worldwide."
    Lemons can be integrated into the daily routines of Canadians to help
keep their immune system in optimal condition during the cold and flu season.

    
    Lemon Health Tips:

    -   When mixed with hot water, lemon juice can act as a digestive aid
    -   Lemons contain antioxidants that can help protect against free
        radicals
    -   Drinking lemon juice may help relieve symptoms of sore throats
    -   Lemons are a good source of Vitamin C and a source of fibre
    

    Adding lemon juice to steaming beverages on a cold, winter's day is a
simple way to incorporate this healthy ingredient into many traditional
Canadian drinks. Tangy, fresh Sunkist lemons give hot lemonade that extra kick
- resulting in a tasty yet effective way to help safeguard the immune system.
A Sunkist favourite is the recipe for Gingered Fresh Hot Lemonade.

    
    RECIPE: Gingered Fresh Hot Lemonade
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    4 1/2 cups water
    1 cup sugar
    1/4 cup crystallized ginger cut into thin strips
    2 strips (about 3 inches each) lemon peel (removed with vegetable parer)
    1 1/4 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 7 to 8 Sunkist(R) lemons)
    Spirals of fresh lemon peel or lemon cartwheel slices for garnish

    To make one portion:

    -   In large saucepan, bring 1 cup water, sugar, ginger and lemon peel to
        boil.
    -   Reduce heat and briskly simmer for 15 minutes.
    -   Add 3-5 cups additional water and lemon juice; heat.
    -   Remove and discard lemon peel.
    -   Serve in mugs with spiral of lemon peel or 1 or 2 lemon slices.

    Makes 6 servings
    

    For more drink recipes that feature fresh Sunkist lemons and other tasty
beverage recipes that can help fight colds and flu, including one for Hot
Cranberry 'N' Lemonade, visit www.Sunkist.com.

    About Sunkist Growers, Inc.

    The Sunkist brand was first used in 1907 to promote and unify an emerging
fruit cooperative formed by independent growers (known previously as the
Southern California Fruit Exchange and later as the California Fruit Growers
Exchange). By 1908, the "Sunkist" name had captured the organization's
interest and was adopted as its trademark to appear on boxes of premium
quality fruit. This legacy is honored today, over 100 years later, by the
California and Arizona growers, most of whom are small family farmers, who now
own Sunkist Growers.
    Steadfast to its commitment to provide quality fresh fruit, Sunkist is
one of the world's oldest and largest citrus marketing cooperatives, packing
millions of cartons of fruit each year.
    Stretching its presence beyond the produce aisle, Sunkist has licensed
its name to more than 600 products - ranging from vitamins to beverages - in
50 different countries. For more information about Sunkist, visit
www.sunkist.com.





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