People started bred grapefruit in the 18th century by crossing an orange with a pomelo. They are called grapefruits because they grew in clusters similar to grapes.
Grapefruits color vary from white or yellow to pink and red. The taste can be sweet and sugary or very acidic and sometimes even bitter. They are very nutritious but low in calories.
Grapefruits have many health benefits, here are some of them:
The grapefruit is a heart-friendly fruit. According to a study, only one grapefruit a day can help you lower your “bad” LDL (Low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol levels by 15.5% and triglycerides by 27%.
The deep red varieties have higher levels of antioxidants. Be careful because grapefruit increase the potency of some prescription drugs, so maybe you need to check with your doctor before enjoying it.
Rough skin problems?
Since grapefruit is full of vitamin C, which is a mild acid, it can help you fade spots on your skin, such as those on your knees and elbows, by reducing excess production of skin pigment.
If you want to try it, squeeze some of its juice on a teaspoon of sugar, which serves as a mild exfoliant, and rub it over your skin. Avoid the face though because grapefruit can irritate it.
Grapefruit, being full of vitamin C and other antioxidants, can help combat the formation of free radicals that are known to cause cancer. Many studies have shown that by consuming grapefruits, you can decrease the risk of prostate and esophageal cancer.
One study shows that eating more grapefruit can help you lose weight. It shows that people who ate half a grapefruit before each meal, without changing anything else in their diet, lost an average of three and a half pounds over 12 weeks.
Since grapefruit aid in burning fat and stabilizing blood-sugar, we can easily say that it’s a natural hunger killer.
By eating just one grapefruit a day, you’ll keep your skin smooth and in top shape. This is due to the high concentration of vitamin C in grapefruits which is vital for producing healthy collagen.