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The Incredible Health Benefits (and Risks) of Grapefruits

This tangy fruit has a seriously bold taste which makes it a bit of an acquired taste, but it’s worth a try because it’s got some incredible health benefits! With lots of different colors to choose from including yellow, pink, and red, this nutritious and delicious fruit can be enjoyed either as a drink, fresh, or even used as aromatherapy! We did a little research and compiled a list of all the benefits of eating grapefruit, as well as a few risks. Check it out:

1. Packed with Antioxidants

Apparently the color of a grapefruit matters! If a boost in antioxidants is what you’re looking for, be sure to pick the red or pink grapefruits. “They have a higher antioxidant level, specifically beta carotene,” says Wesley Delbridge, R.D. when talking to Health.com. “They also have lycopene, another antioxidant.” The same source states that lycopene can help reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers.

Healthline gives a great overview of all the antioxidants present in grapefruits and what they due. We’ll start with vitamin A which may protect cells from damage that could lead to heart disease and cancer. Next up, beta-carotene is converted into vitamin to reduce the risk of some chronic conditions, “including heart disease, cancer and eye-related disorders like macular degeneration,” says Healthline.

There’s also lycopene which prevents certain types of cancer by potentially slowing the growth of tumors and decreases the side effects of treatment. Lastly, grapefruits are loaded with flavaones. “Their anti-inflammatory properties have been shown to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of heart disease.”

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