Give the gift of health
Eat it whole, get more fiber
Grapefruit has a whopping 12 grams of dietary fiber in each serving. Two tangerines contain approximately 4 grams of dietary fiber, and one orange packs 3 grams. Fiber works against obesity and can help lower blood cholesterol levels, control your blood sugar levels, improve digestion, fight diabetes and prevent heart disease and colon cancer. That’s partly because fiber slows down digestion, giving the intestines time to absorb more nutrients from food. Most of the fiber is in the white pith of the fruit and the thin membrane that separates each pulpy section of the fruit -- that's why eating your citrus whole gives you much more fiber than drinking it juiced.
Want to lower your cholesterol levels?
A grapefruit a day, can keep the cholesterol away. A study in the Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry revealed that enjoying one grapefruit a day can help lower "bad" LDL cholesterol levels by 15.5% and triglycerides by 27%. *Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (Feb 2006 issue). Tangerines and oranges can take home the accolades too; they are full of soluble fiber, which over time will help your cholesterol levels go down, decreasing your risk of suffering from heart disease.
Flavonoids to the rescue:Citrus is loaded with compounds called flavonoids, which boost certain anticancer properties. These flavonoids are hard workers as they prevent growth of cancerous cells and stop the proliferation of tumors. Your heart is fond of flavonoids too because they have the potential to protect against heart disease, promote better blood flow in the coronary arteries, prevent arteries from forming blood clots and stop the oxidation of “bad” cholesterol in the body, a risk factor for many dangerous heart conditions.
Move out of the way, potassium coming through
Oranges and Tangerines have lots of potassium and Potassium has a big job – keep your heart functioning. It is an electrolyte mineral that works with other electrolytes, including calcium, magnesium and sodium to carefully maintain fluid levels both in and around cells. Having a steady fluid balance, allows electricity to conduct through your system, making your heart beat (we like a beating heart!). Potassium improves mental alertness and storage of energy, and helps lower anxiety and stress.
The grapefruit diet is not a myth:Research shows that 1/2 a Grapefruit with each meal can increase weight loss. A 12-week study found that participants who ate half a grapefruit with each meal (without making any other dietary changes) shed up to 10 lbs. Research Centre at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, CA. (Research data 2006)
|1/2 grapefruit||1 orange||1 tangerine|
% Daily values based on a 2,000 calorie diet.