Health Benefits of Grapefruit

GRAPEFRUIT is an excellent choice of fruit to add to your diet for many reasons, but is also a popular snack for those looking to lose weight. One of the benefits of the grapefruit is the high water content (over 90%) of the fruit. Increased water consumption is good for your metabolism and can help you feel more energetic. Often when people are feeling tired, they really are just dehydrated. A bottle of water and a half of a grapefruit is a much better alternative for an afternoon pick me up than a can of cola and a candy bar.

UNDERSTANDING THE BENEFITS OF GRAPEFRUIT

The low sodium nature of grapefruit will help flush out the water weight we retain in eating high sodium foods, like canned soups, salted nuts, salad dressing, and fast food. This is not to say that eating grapefruit will undue the damage from a heavy fast food lunch, but it is helpful. Try to avoid eating high salt, high fat foods in general.

One 8 oz. cut of Del Monte Fruit Naturals Red Grapefruit in Extra light syrup has about 160 calories, and 100% of your recommended daily value for Vitamin C. Grapefruit is available year around, but the peak season is around late winter to early spring.

NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF GRAPEFRUIT

– Low calories
– Low sodium
– High in Potassium
– High in fat-burning enzymes
– High in antioxidants
– High in Vitamin C

ALL ABOUT LYCOPENE

If you’ve ever eaten grapefruit, you probably noticed that it is a rich pink color. This comes from the phytonutrient into called lycopene. Lycopene can help fight away oxygen free radicals, which can damage cells. Also, research published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggested that eating a diet rich in lycopene will decrease a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer. The phytonutrients in grapefruit inhibit tumor formation

ENJOYING A GRAPEFRUIT

A grapefruit can be enjoyed like an orange, sliced up into pieces. You can also cut a grapefruit in half and slice it with a spoon. If you become enamored with the fruit, you can buy a special serrated grapefruit spoon at Crate and Barrel for $3.25. The coordinating grapefruit knife is $5.95. Both are dishwasher safe and help you get every bit of the fruit from the peel. If you are on the go, you can pick up sliced grapefruit in a cup at in your grocer’s refrigerated produce section.

Source:

  1. Grapefruit: Health Benefits, Facts, Research – Medical News Today
  2. Grape GMO | Health Guides Daily

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