Grapefruit

Grapefruits are known for their specific sweet-sour taste and they burst with healthy vitamins! They have nothing in coming with grapes, but they grow on the tree in bunches, so when they are small and green they look a bit like bunches of grapes...if you have a lot of imagination.

Some interesting facts about grapefruits:

  • The grapefruit looks similar to an orange and frequently has a flat bottom.
  • The most commonly known grapefruit varieties are white and pink flesh grapefruits.
  • The color of the peel depends on the variety. It is mostly yellow but may be tinged with green or red.
  • In the early days it was referred to as the "Forbidden Fruit" and later its name was changed to grapefruit as it grows in large grape-like bunches.
  • It contains a powerful antioxidant called lycopene, which also contributes to the pinkish color in the fruit. Lycopene is a carotenoid phytonutrient and has the highest capacity at fighting free radical damage to cells- a very important antioxidant to have in your diet.
  • Eating grapefruit has also been shown to help decrease weight and fat mass in overweight adults and may improve insulin resistance.
  • When buying grapefruit, the best ones will be heavy for their weight- this indicates they have much more water and are ripe.
  • A good way to get rid of sore throats and reduce fits of a cough is by consuming grapefruit, mixed with warm water and honey. It soothes the throat and provides instant relief to the patients.
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Health benefits

Grapefruits are rich in vitamin C.
Vitamin C...

  • helps create proper resistance
  • contributes to the normal functioning of the nervous system
  • increases iron absorption
  • contributes to a normal energy management
  • is good for the formation of collagen
  • is good for the normal functioning of teeth
  • contributes to the decrease of fatigue
  • is good for the normal functioning of blood vessels
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