GRAPEFRUITS

An excellent source of vitamin
C, eating grapefruit boosts the
immune system and protects
our hearts.

In recent years, the pink-fleshed grapefruit has become as popular as the white or yellow-fleshed variety. It is a little sweeter and contains more health benefits—the pink pigment indicates the presence of lycopene, the antioxidant carotene that has been shown to help prevent prostate and other cancers. Like other citrus fruits, grapefruits contain bioflavonoids, compounds that appear to increase the benefits of vitamin C, also found in this fruit in excellent amounts. Grapefruits are low on the glycemic index and very low in calories, so make an important fruit for dieters. Because grapefruit juice can alter the effect of certain drugs (e.g. drugs that lower blood pressure), people on medication should check with their doctors before they consume the fruit.

  • High in antioxidants, which can help prevent prostate and other cancers.
  • Rich in vitamin C to boost the immune system.
  • Excellent fruit for dieters.
  • Help reduce bouts of wheezing in asthma-prone people.

Practical tips:

Grapefruit is delicious halved, sprinkled with dark brown sugar and broiled for a short while. Try to eat some of the white pith with your grapefruit because this is high in nutrients. Grapefruits, like all citrus fruits, will contain more juice if they feel heavier.

DID YOU KNOW?

The slightly bitter taste of some grapefruits is caused by a compound called naringenin, which has cholesterol-lowering properties.

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