Benefits of Grapefruits

Nutritional Facts

Grapefruits, the ripe citrus fruit that can accompany a nutritious breakfast or serve as a sweet beverage for lunch and dinner. Did you know grapefruits provide Vitamin C, Potassium and Calcium?

In fact, one large grapefruit provides 190% of daily value of Vitamin C which supports the immune system. Grapefruits are also known as a low calorie fruit with just 41 calories total for one large grapefruit.

For those low in iron, grapefruits can boost iron absorption and is recommended to eat with iron rich foods. Grapefruits aid in promoting appetite control. Research shows that a diet high in fiber-rich fruits is beneficial for inducing feelings of fullness. This is because fiber slows the rate at which your stomach empties, increasing digestion time.

Grapefruit is fairly high in potassium, a mineral responsible for many aspects of heart health. Half a grapefruit provides about 5% of your daily potassium needs.

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Grapefruit and Weight Loss

Eat half a grapefruit before each meal; it can help you lose up to a pound a week before sensible meals! A 12-week study had people who were overweight consume half a fresh grapefruit before a meal for 12 weeks, the results showed they lost almost 5 pounds after 4 weeks, and almost 11 ½ pounds after 12 weeks.

Other benefits of grapefruits is that they reduce acidity, increase metabolism, lowers stroke risks, boosts vitality, builds stronger bones, and increases liver health! Grapefruits contain about 92% water which makes up 20% of your daily water intake.

Grapefruit Glazed Grilled Chicken Recipe

Click the link for a recipe from Chef Jamie Gwen with Twin Eagles.

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