Grapefruit nutrition and why you should be including this healthy food into your diet. Fresh grapefruit contains many nutrients that are reported to improve your health. Some of these health benefits of grapefruit are listed below:
Over 100% of your daily needs in one cup of grapefruit. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and immune system booster.
Grapefruit’s pink and red colors are due to its lycopene content which is another antioxidant helpful in preventing cancers, primarily prostate cancer. Another benefit of grapefruit is its bioflavanoids that are responsible for reducing cholesterol, and helpful in gum disease and stomach ulcers.
Liminoids are phytonutrients in grapefruit that help the liver detox, and can eliminate carcinogens from your body.
There are just under 100 calories in grapefruit, per one cup. While this is a very healthy food, just about all fruits raise insulin levels so you need to be careful if you have signs of diabetes, high blood pressure or cholesterol. Interestingly grapefruit contains some enzymes that affect how your body reacts to sugar – causing the sugar to be turned into fat less often.
This is where I believe the “grapefruit diet” came from, although in the long run you will benefit more from eating whole natural foods and trying to keep your insulin levels low by avoiding too much sugar (even natural sugar).
Selecting and Eating
I recommend finding organic fruits whenever possible and using the best vacuum sealer to preserve it, although grapefruit is not heavily loaded with pesticides. Choose ripe and heavy grapefruits for the most nutrients.
Eating grapefruits or the juice from them can increase the potency of some medications, especially statins. If you are on medications please speak to your doctor about this before eating grapefruit.