They’re pink, bittersweet, juicy and super refreshing. Grapefruits are one of the best fruits to eat when you need to boost your immunity.
You love them or hate them, some people don’t enjoy the bitter taste of grapefruit. That’s a shame because grapefruits are extremely powerful when it comes to health. We share with you some interesting facts about grapefruit.
Health Facts Grapefruit
1. Low-calorie and nutritious
The main reason why grapefruit is an incredibly healthy fruit is because it contains many nutrients, but few calories. In fact grapefruits is one of the fruits with the least number of calories. It does contain fibers and more than 15 beneficial vitamins and minerals. Only half or a medium big grapefruit contains the following nutrients:
Carbs: 13 grams
Proteins: 1 gram
Fiber: 2 grams
Vitamin C: 64% of the RDA
Vitamin A: 28% of the RDA
Potassium: 5% of the RDA
Thiamin: 4% of the RDA
Folic acid: 4% of the RDA
Magnesium: 3% of the RDA
2. Boost your immunity
Grapefruits are praised for its high vitamin C content and antioxidants that protect your cells from harmful bacteria and viruses. Several studies have shown that grapefruit can help you get over a cold faster. Also vitamin A can boost your immunity by protecting the body from inflammation and various infectious diseases. The vitamin B, zinc, iron and copper work together to strengthen your immunity and help maintain a healthy skin.
3. Can help control your appetite
The amount of fiber in grapefruit can leave you satisfied for longer. This is because fiber slows the emptying of stomach contents and increases digestion time. So eating enough fiber and fiber-rich fruits can help you eat fewer calories throughout the day by keeping your appetite in check.
4. Grapefruit may improve your heart health
Eating grapefruit regularly can improve your heart health by reducing risk factors of heart disease, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol. Grapefruit is fairly high in potassium, a mineral responsible for many aspects of heart health. Adequate intake of potassium has been linked to a reduced risk of high blood pressure. In addition, potassium has been shown to lower the risk of dying from heart disease. Researchers claim that fiber and fruits high in antioxidants as part of a healthy diet help protect against heart disease and stroke
5. Energizer and happy mood inducer
The amount of vitamins in grapefruit can boost your energy. Therefore eating a grapefruit in the morning is a delicious way to boost your energy levels. Research shows that the freshness and aroma is uplifting and helps to reduce feelings of stress and depression. Also the smell of grapefruit can reduce the feeling of anxiety.
6. Rich in powerful antioxidants
Grapefruit contains many different antioxidants that carry several health benefits, including a reduced risk of various diseases. Antioxidants protect your cells from damage from free radicals, which can cause harmful reactions in your body. Here is a list of the most important antioxidants in grapefruit:
Vitamin C: A powerful antioxidant that is highly found in grapefruit. It can protect your cells from damage that often leads to heart disease and cancer.
Beta-carotene: This is converted to vitamin A in the body and may lower the risk of some chronic conditions, including heart disease, cancer and eye conditions.
Lycopene: Known for its ability to prevent the development of certain cancers, especially prostate cancer. It may also help slow the growth of tumors and reduce the side effects of regular cancer treatments.
Flavonoids: Its anti-inflammatory properties may lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, which may reduce the risk of heart disease.
How to eat grapefruit?
We usually eat grapefruits with breakfast, or in the afternoon to boost energy levels. Most people drink coffee to wake-up and get through the day. You could also try eating a grapefruit and experience how you feel. Grapefruits also make a good dessert if you cut them half way and sprinkle some sugar on top. Cut small parts loose in between the skin tissues and eat with a fork.
Cold grapefruit juice can be very refreshing on a hot day. We also love to add grapefruit parts in salads or a salsa with cilantro and bell pepper. It adds a nice, crisp, bittersweet and refreshing flavor.
Last but not least we have an amazing grapefruit & ricotta cake recipe for you. Although we made it for Easter, it’s generally an amazing cake. Citrus fruits combine very well with buttery cakes.