Although we could probably name a million reasons why we love grapefruit, we figured that we would start with just 6.
Just one serving (about half of a grapefruit) delivers 80% of your recommended dietary allowance of Vitamin C. That means your snack isn’t just yummy, it also keeps your immune system strong, helps heal wounds, reduces the risk of heart disease and even contributes to preventing some cancers. Since Vitamin C is water-soluble, it needs to be replaced every day (so be sure to get your daily fix).
Research has proven that a serving of grapefruit with each meal can increase weight loss. The citric acid in grapefruit helps the body break down fat during the digestive process, plus the high fiber and water content help you feel full longer. According to the Journal of Medicinal Food, researchers found that over 12 weeks, study participants who included grapefruit in their diet had reported wight loss, dropping an average of 3.5 pounds compared to just 0.5 pounds of the group who didn’t. Who knew eating an extra item a day such a grapefruit could actually help you lose weight!
Grapefruit stands out in the world of citrus because of its beautiful pink color. This pigment comes from lycopene, an antioxidant that works against the body’s aging process by neutralizing harmful free radicals. Lycopene is also thought to play a role in preventing cancer and heart disease. In a study by Shela Gorinstein of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 57 women and men who had high blood pressure consumer a grapefruit a day. All who participated in this study experienced a reduction in their triglycerides count, a form of cholesterol that can lead to heart disease. To reap these benefits, be sure to reach for pink or red grapefruit, as white grapefruits don’t contain this antioxidant (though they still taste delicious).
In need of some extra zzz’s? Grapefruit contains tryptophan – a compound that triggers serotonin and melatonin release in the brain. This dynamic duo comes together to help you get a good night’s sleep. Drink a glass of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice before bedtime and get ready for a great night’s sleep. Sleeping right is also a key factor in weight loss, so make sure you’re catching enough of those z’s.
Grapefruit contains folate (also known as folic acid, folacin and vitamin B9), a vital nutrient for the development of new cells. It is particularly important for pregnant women as it helps prevent certain birth defects. It also helps women reduce their risk of developing high blood pressure and can cut men’s risk of stroke by one-fifth.
Did you really think we would be able to compile a list of why we love grapefruit without talking about how good it tastes? A perfect blend of sweet and tart, our grapefruit is selected right from the grove for it’s delicious taste. Share the love and gift a carton of SweeterSorts grapefruit.