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Health Benefits of Grapefruit

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The health benefits of grapefruit are enormous ... one good reason to have them for breakfast.

Most of us seem to know intuitively that eating a fresh piece of grapefruit in the morning is a good thing. But why is that? Yes, there's something special about a grapefruit's perfect blend of sweet and sour tastes that originate from this blend of oranges and pomelos. But what exactly are the main health benefits of grapefruit? Here are some of them:

Calories

The number of calories in a typical grapefruit is about 40. In other words, it contains only about 2% of a standard daily intake of 2,000 calories. So if you're counting your caloric intake throughout the day, you won't feel guilty including a grapefruit for breakfast or a snack. And that's certainly true when you consider all of other health benefits of this amazing fruit.

Fructose

When we think about sugars, we tend to think of sweetened beverages, cookies and cakes, and of course-candy. But the problem with such foods and drinks is that they're made from refined sugars, which are simple carbohydrates. While our bodies need a certain amount of sugars, the best sources are organic foods. Fruits such as grapefruits contain "fruit sugar," called fructose. And fructose is one of the three main "monosaccharides" that we need in our diets (FYI the other two are glucose and galactose). This helps to provide you with the energy that you need throughout the day.

Vitamins

The fruit's Vitamin C content is by far one of the biggest health benefits of grapefruit. In fact, a single grapefruit can provide about 75% of the daily recommended allowance of Vitamin C. That's an extraordinarily high amount of one particular vitamin, from a single fruit. Vitamin C is an important vitamin that's full of antioxidants that battle free-radicals. Whether you want to treat or prevent illnesses, citric fruits such as grapefruits are ideal due to their Vitamin C content. Grapefruits also contain smaller amounts (less than 10% of the daily recommended allowance) of Vitamin A, B complex, E, and K. While you'll need to eat other foods to get enough of these vitamins on a daily basis, grapefruits will give you a head start in the morning.

Minerals

In terms of the health benefits of grapefruit, the fruit contains several important minerals, including Calcium, Phosphorous, and Potassium. While these aren't all the minerals that we need on a daily basis, we need them nonetheless.

Fiber

It would be an understatement to say that most adults aren't daily getting enough dietary fiber. Fortunately, a single grapefruit contains about 7% of the total amount that you need on a day-to-day basis. It's important to note that grapefruits contain a type of fiber called "pectin." According to various studies, pectin is beneficial in lowering a person's cholesterol level. In one particular study, animals that ate a diet that included a high-cholesterol content; and pectin from grapefruits, experienced their arteries narrowing by about one-fourth. If you want a tasty and healthy breakfast or snack, then consider a grapefruit. These aforementioned benefits make it one of the healthiest fruit choices choices that you can make. It's indeed one of nature's best "super foods."


Start juicing now to feel the health benefits of grapefruit in your breakfast juice
  • half a grapefruit
  • 1 apple
  • 1 pear
Peel the grapefruit and juice with the apple and pear. Pour into a glass to serve with ice.
  • half grapefruit
  • 3 slices of pineapple
  • 1 apple
  • 1 handful of raspberries
Peel the grapefruit and pineapple if it's fresh. Juice the grapefruit and pineapple together. Place the raspberries into a blender and blend until smooth. Add the raspberries juice to the rest of the juice and pour into a glass to serve with ice.
  • half pink grapefruit
  • 1 carrot
  • 120 grms of spinach
Peel the grapefruit before juicing with the carrot and spinach. Pour into a glass with ice.
  • 2 grapefruits
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 oranges
Peel the fruit before juicing and pouring into a cold glass with ice.

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