Flavorful and nutritious- it's easy to understand wy grapefruits are no longer just the breakfast options. Half a grapefruit provides more than 45% of the adult RDA of vitamin C; it also has 175mg of potasium and 1 mg of iron. The pink aand red varities are high in beta carotene, which the body then converts to vitaminA. Grapefruits are a good food to include in a sensible weight loss diet; a serving contains less than 100 calories, and its high fiber content satisfies hunger. Grapefruits are especially high in pectin, a soluble fiber that help lower blood cholesterol. Pink and red grapefruits are high in lycopene, an antioxidant that appears to lower the risk of prostrate cancer. Some people with rhematoid arthritis, lupus and other inflammatory disorders find that eating grapefruit daily seems to alleviate their symptoms. This may be because plant chemicals block the prostaglandins that cause inflammation.
CAUTION: Grapefruit juice should not be taken with crtain medications.Drugs to watch out for include the blood pressure lowering medication, drugs for anxiety, depression, elevated lipids and more. As a precaution it is best to avoid taking any drug with grapefruit juice. Those people who are allergic to citrus fruits are likely to react to grapefruits, too.