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The Good of Grapefruit

By Brandi Swieter 

Grapefruit is well known in the world of fruit, yet many people avoid eating it due to its sour taste. The fruit actually has a number of good points about it, making it worthwhile to try even if the flavor isn’t the greatest. Consume grapefruit more often to gain the benefits it has to offer.

Beneficial for Weight Loss

Individuals looking to lose weight should add grapefruit to their diet. Due to being so low in calories, grapefruit makes an excellent option for a breakfast or healthy snack. There are less than 100 calories in a full cup’s worth of the fruit. With a decent score on the glycemic index as well, grapefruit won’t have a large impact on blood sugar levels. This makes it an edible option for people with diabetes.

Improves Heart Health

With numerous nutrients found in grapefruit, people are bound to improve their heart health. The fruit contains potassium, Vitamin C, fiber, and more. All of this helps promote a healthy heart and keep blood pressure in check. A full cup of grapefruit possesses more than 300 milligrams of potassium.

Keeps the Body Hydrated

Though water is the best option for keeping the body hydrated, eating large amounts of grapefruit can help as well. Grapefruit contains roughly 91 percent water. It’s an incredibly hydrating fruit that is full of electrolytes that will prevent dehydration.

Fights Skin Damage

The Vitamin C found in grapefruit, paired with other compounds, works to fight skin damage. The appearance of wrinkles, the production of collagen, and skin texture are all impacted by Vitamin C. Plenty of the vitamin within the body will help tremendously and keep the skin looking soft, smooth, and youthful.

Cancer Prevention

It is even said that eating grapefruit regularly can prevent certain cancers. Prostate cancer is the most prohibited by grapefruit consumption. The fruit contains plenty of Vitamin C, as well as antioxidants, that work to fight off disease within the body. It also has lycopene, which is another link to cancer prevention.

Enjoy grapefruit more often to gain the benefits it possesses. Getting better nutrition is one of the easiest ways to start steering your health in the right direction. Due to the many vitamins and nutrients within, eating this fruit more often is a simple way to improve wellness.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Wyckoff, N.J.

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