Thursday, March 24, 2011

Grapefruit Nutritional Benefits

This picture makes me smile. It looks like two eyes looking at you. I recently have been eating grapefruit and loving it. I love that it is a great price in the stores right now too. :) When I eat it, It leaves me with a really satisfied feeling. I eat it with nothing on it too. When you get the Ruby Red version it doesn't need anything on it. :) I know not everyone likes them. It is worth a try to try them again, tastes can change. It was really insightful to learn some nutrition information about them too. I thought I would share some of the things I have learned.

Some Possible Health Benefits:

  1. There are 20 different kinds of grapefruit in the United States. Red and pink have higher amounts of Vitamin A, Potassium, folate, calcium, and iron.
  2. Eating daily may help to reduce symptoms of inflammatory disorders, such as lupus, arthritis etc..
  3. May help to prevent cancer.
  4. Can help in absorption of medicines. (Check with your doctor before routinely consuming. It can react as inhibitor with certain medications.
  5. The bitter flavor can take away the burning sensation from fever. Can help with flu too.
  6. The pulp can help to aide in adding bulk to improve bowel action.
  7. Grape fruit can be helpful in losing weight. Can speed up metabolism.
  8. Pink and Red ones contain Lycopene. Can help in lowering risk of prostate cancer.
  9. Can help in lowering blood cholesterol.
  10. Can build collagen in skin to make it look more youthful. :) Like that!
  11. Can increase absorption of iron from beans and grain.
  12. The Vitamin C in it can help fight off infections.
  13. Help with heart disease.
  14. Appetite reducer.
  15. Can help in balancing out acid in your system. To make it more alkaline.

lHelpful information when eating it:

You need to eat the walls between the sections to get all the fiber from it. Half a grapefruit can have (6) grams of fiber. Apple (5), Orange (7), Banana (4). You can eat it like an orange. The fiber is not in the juice. The juice is good as well, you just don't get the fiber and bulk benefits. I think they taste better cold.

1/2 Med. Ruby Red Grapefruit

Calories 44
protein 1 g
carbs 10 g
fat tr
calcium 18 mg
magnesium 11 mg
phosphorus 8 mg
potassium 177 mg
sodium 0 mg
Vitamin C 44 mg
Vitamin A 12 IU

*I love when there are foods that you can just eat that have so many health benefits. Yes! :)

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