Grapefruit – vegan for health.

Grapefruits vary in hue from white or yellow to pink and red and can range in taste from very acidic and even bitter to sweet and sugary.

Half of a medium pink grapefruit, (3 ¾ in diameter) contains approximately 52 calories, 0 g of fat, 0 g of sodium, 0 g of cholesterol, 13 g of carbohydrate (including 8.5 g of sugar and 2 g of dietary fiber), and 1 g of protein.

Eating half of a grapefruit per day will meet 64% of your vitamin C needs, 28% of vitamin A, 2% of calcium and 2% of magnesium.

Grapefruits also contain small amounts of vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, zinc and copper.

Not only are pink grapefruits high in common vitamins and minerals, they also pack a powerful antioxidant punch with lycopene and beta-carotene along with the phytonutrients limonoids and naringenin.

Fresh pink or red grapefruit contains higher quantities of bioactive compounds and has significantly higher antioxidant potential than white or yellow grapefruit.

Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds is  associated with a reduced risk of many adverse health conditions.  Increasing consumption of plant foods like grapefruit decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion, increased energy, and overall lower weight.

Eating higher amounts of a compound found in citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit lowers ischemic stroke risk for women by 19%.

The powerful nutrient combination of fiber, potassium, lycopene, vitamin C and choline in grapefruit all help to maintain a healthy heart.

Fresh red grapefruit positively influences blood lipid levels, especially triglycerides.  The addition of fresh red grapefruit to your vegan meal plan benefits those  with atherosclerosis wanting to lower their high lipid levels, especially triglycerides.

Those who consume  4069 mg of potassium per day have  a 49% lower risk of death from ischemic heart disease compared with those who consume  less potassium (about 1000 mg per day).

High potassium intakes are also associated with a reduced risk of stroke, protection against loss of muscle mass, preservation of bone mineral density and reduction in the formation of kidney stones.

Increasing potassium intake is also important for lowering blood pressure because of its powerful vasodilation effects.

As an excellent source of the strong antioxidant vitamin C as well as other antioxidants, grapefruit helps  combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer. Lycopene intake is linked with a decreased risk of prostate cancer prevention  and foods high in vitamin C and beta-carotene  lower the risk of esophageal cancer in particular.

Because of its water and fiber content, grapefruit  helps to prevent constipation and promotes regularity for a healthy digestive tract.

As one of the most hydrating fruits in the world made up of 91% water (just below watermelon) and full of important electrolytes, grapefruit is a great snack to have on hand to prevent dehydration.

The antioxidant vitamin C, when eaten in its natural form  or applied topically, helps  fight skin damage caused by the sun and pollution, reduce wrinkles and improve overall skin texture. Vitamin C plays a vital role in the formation of collagen, the main support system of skin. Hydration and vitamin A are also crucial for healthy looking skin, both of which grapefruits can provide.

The risks for developing asthma are lower in people who consume a high amount of certain nutrients. One of these nutrients is vitamin C, found in many fruits and vegetables including grapefruit.

Grapefruits should be picked at their peak of ripeness because they do not ripen or improve in quality after being picked, unlike some other fruits. Grapefruits should be stored at room temperature, away from direct sunlight. Choose a grapefruit that is heavy for its size and has a little spring when squeezed.

While it’s sometimes hard to find good quality fruits and vegetables in the winter, it is the perfect time to buy citrus. Winter is the peak season for grapefruit, oranges and other citrus fruits.

Add some grapefruit slices to your salad at lunch or dinner. Compliment the oranges with walnuts or pecans, vegan cheese and a light balsamic or citrus vinaigrette dressing.

Keep a bowl on the kitchen table or counter stocked with fresh fruit from the season. Seeing the fruits readily available will likely cause you to choose them as a snack more often than raiding the cupboards for a less healthy snack.

Make a fruit salad with strawberries, pineapple, sliced grapefruit, mandarin oranges and grapes.

Make your own juice! Nothing tastes better than freshly squeezed fruit juice . When you make your own, you can be sure there are no added preservatives or sweeteners.

Grapefruit intake should be avoided when taking certain medications, because of its enzyme binding ability. This means the medication can pass from your gut to your bloodstream easier and faster than normal. In many cases, these higher levels can be dangerous. Statin drugs, calcium channel blockers and psychiatric drugs are some of the most-common medications that interact with grapefruit.   Ideally you don’t want to be taking drugs – taking drugs becomes uncommon when you go vegan as your health improves naturally.

Also take caution when consuming grapefruit if you have a current kidney condition. Too much potassium can be harmful to those whose kidneys are not fully functional. If your kidneys are unable to remove excess potassium from the blood, it could be fatal.

Those with gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) may experience an increase in symptoms such as heartburn and regurgitation when consuming highly acidic foods such as citrus fruit, however individual reactions vary.

Keep in mind that a vegan diet is the total diet or overall eating pattern that is most important in disease prevention and achieving good health.  Eat a  variety rather  than focus  on individual foods as the key to good health.

Grapefruit  prevents kidney cysts from forming.

It is common knowledge that eating  food that is high in unhealthy  fat (all animal products and bi-products)  leads  to weight gain and other health issues.  Grapefruit  lowers  blood glucose levels and improves  insulin tolerance but does not cure conditions acquired when you persist  on a nonvegan diet.

Bottom line – to stop the violence against others including yourself,  to become and stay healthy, you  go vegan.

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