Grapefruit is a superfood, and it has become one of my favorite breakfast foods over the years. Partially for the taste but mostly because a bag of grapefruits costs less than one hour in my chemistry lecture. Plus they keep me full until lunch!
1. Vitamins A and C
Grapefruit contains both vitamins A and C.
Vitamin A is crucial for normal vision, a healthy immune system and reproduction. It is also important for growth, development and cell reproduction.
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, meaning that in this case, more is more. It is virtually impossible to overdose on water-soluble vitamins. So always aim to get as much as possible in your diet, they will only help you.
Vitamin C is important for a strong immune system, blood pressure maintenance, memory and proper iron intake. It also prevents diseases like scurvy, which is not common anymore but is still associated with poor diet.
2. Weight loss
Grapefruit is not a magic weight loss pill.
But the benefits of grapefruit include a reduction of high blood pressure and risk of heart disease. Both of which are associated with obesity.
Think of grapefruit as a heart-healthy food that can serve as a weight loss tool alongside exercise.
Small diet changes are the first step in weight loss and a healthier lifestyle.
Grapefruit has one of the lowest glycemic indexes of any fruit, around 25. This means that it does not spike blood sugar as much as other fruit and can help to control blood sugar levels.
Grapefruit is a great choice for diabetics because it will not affect blood sugar levels much.
One half of a large grapefruit contains only 8 grams of sugar. Compared to a medium apple which contains about 19 grams.
4. Digestive health
Grapefruit is a high fiber food. It contains a non-digestible fiber that feeds the bacteria in the gut. This process keeps everything running smoothly.
Fiber is a direct competitor to sugar, and the grapefruit has great odds. Always look for foods with high fiber and low sugar, this combination is important for weight loss.
A high fiber diet is also important because it reduces the bad cholesterol in your body and reduces appetite. This is why grapefruit can keep you feeling full for longer.
Citrus fruits are known for their ability to improve energy and focus, and grapefruit is reigning king of the citrus.
However, it isn’t completely clear whether the action of eating citrus provides energy or just the smell. But if you’re going to open the fruit to smell it, you might as well eat it too.
Warning: If you are taking HIV, erectile dysfunction, heart or allergy medication. Ask your doctor before consuming grapefruit. It is known to have negative drug interactions.