Grapefruit is a hybrid between pomelo and orange fruits that originates from Asia. The original grape fruit was small around the size of an orange. Before its popularity it was called the forbidden fruit and shaddock after the person who brought the Pomelo seeds into the region. It reached the U.S. in the 19th century where it took many decades before its popularity increased. By the 20th century it became a common household food due to its taste and incredible health benefits that can be enjoyed by anyone.
Like most citrus fruits it has high vitamin C content and other similar health benefits that help the body achieve optimal health. All parts of the fruit have medicinal properties its extracts from its peel and seeds have been used to help reduce infections in the body or as a facial cleanser. One cup of grapefruit has 74 calories, 0.23 grams of fat, 3 grams of dietary fiber, 16 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.
- Grapefruit is an excellent source of vitamin C (over 100% of the recommended DV in a single cup) that gives the fruit antioxidant properties. Helping the body reduce damage caused by free radicals. Boosts the immune system of your body effectively reducing the occurrence of infectious disease such as colds and flus. Recommended for diabetic care because of its ability to help health wounds at a faster rate. Other flavonoid antioxidants increase the benefits such as lycopene and beta-carotene.
- Lycopene also protects the skin from UV rays. Recent studies have shown that regular intake of lycopene can tremendously reduce the occurrence of prostate cancer.
- Grapefruit is rich in soluble fiber mainly a substance called pectin. This improves the body’s digestive system in numerous ways. Helps regulate bowel movements which in turn prevents common disorders such as constipation and diarrhea. Decreases the body’s exposure to cancer-causing substances that can lead to colon cancer. Is also known for its ability to reduce cholesterol levels and make you feel satiated longer leading to further weight loss.
- A good source of potassium over 300 mg in a single cup helps regulate heart rate and blood pressure providing further protection from heart disease.
Although the grapefruit has high sugar content it can be extremely beneficial for diabetics if consumed in moderation. When buying this fruit at the market try to avoid discoloring and soft spots. It can be kept in room temperature for almost a week, if kept for an extended amount of time store in the refrigerator to further extend its shelf life. Grapefruit can be eaten as is (please wash to clean dirt and pesticide) or used for cooking desserts. As always please consult a nutritionist if making drastic changes to your diet.
Note: The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek medical advice for any questions regarding a medical condition or changes in your treatment.