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9 Health Benefits and Risks of Grapefruit

Recently I learned that I may be one of the few lovers of grapefruit. I’m exaggerating of course, but many are turned off at the tart taste of this bold citrus fruit. However, it turns out there’s more to this popular breakfast food than little calories, portability, and the fact that it messes with many medications. For it’s many health benefits, this super fruit carries almost as many health risks…

1. Pithy Health

If you’re looking for hidden health benefits, look no further than the grapefruit pith (that’s the white spongy part that separates the fruit segments). No, don’t toss it out!

Despite the bitter blast of flavor, the grapefruit pith is loaded with healthy soluble fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants that have been linked to the decrease of high cholesterol and (blood glucose) blood sugar. Research from the Colorectal Cancer Association also links the red pigment (lycopene) in fruits like red grapefruit (as well as tomatoes, strawberries, and papaya) to lower risk of colorectal cancer.


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