Health Benefits of Grapefruits

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Grapefruits are well-known citrus fruits. They first appeared in the 18th century as a hybrid of pumelo and oranges. Their name may seem odd for such large, spherical fruits, but the moniker was inspired by the way grapefruits grow in clusters like bunches of grapes.

Many varieties of grapefruit exist. The skin, or rind, ranges in color from bright yellow to pale yellow with a pinkish tinge. Grapefruits with white or light pink flesh are tart or bitter, while dark pink and ruby varieties have mild, sweet flavors. All grapefruit varieties are excellent sources of vitamins and other nutrients and offer other health benefits.

1. Provides Dietary Fiber

Grapefruits are a great option for adding fiber to your daily diet. A serving of grapefruit is one-half of a fruit, which provides approximately 4 grams of dietary fiber. The fruit also has a very high water content that contributes to a feeling of fullness after eating. Fiber aids digestion and supports healthy bacteria populations in the intestines.1GC;, Murphy MM;Barraj LM;Rampersaud. ‘Consumption of Grapefruit Is Associated with Higher Nutrient Intakes and Diet Quality among Adults, and More Favorable Anthropometrics in Women, NHANES 2003-2008.’ Food & Nutrition Research, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 8 May 2014, pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25006335/.

A significant portion of soluble and insoluble fiber is in the white pith that surrounds the sections of grapefruit flesh. Many people remove the pith, but eating as much of it as possible increases fiber intake.

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