Did you know February is national grapefruit month? February is also national heart health month – ironically, grapefruit is known to offer benefits for heart health! In this blog we will give you some info on why grapefruit is a heart healthy food and some great ways to add grapefruit to your diet!
Grapefruit is rich in nutrients, antioxidants and fiber – making it one of the healthiest citrus fruits that you can choose! It is one of the lowest calorie fruits but contains more than 15 beneficial vitamins and minerals including; Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Potassium, Thiamine, Folate, and Magnesium!
In addition to heart health – Grapefruit offers benefits for your immune system due to its high continence of Vitamin C and may even promote appetite control due to its high percentage of fiber which promotes fullness.
So why is grapefruit good for your heart?
Consuming grapefruit on a regular basis is thought to improve heart health by reducing several risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. Multiple components of grapefruits have shown to play a role in keeping your heart functioning properly.
For example, the high potassium levels in grapefruit can be associated with a reduced risk of high blood pressure. The fiber also promotes heart health due to the fact that high fiber intake is linked to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Many studies have concluded that adding grapefruit, or other fiber and antioxidant-rich fruits to your diet can protect against conditions like heart disease and stroke.
This is great news because grapefruit is seriously delicious – especially when you know how to pick and prepare them properly! Here are some tips for picking ripe grapefruits:
Now that you picked the perfect grapefruits, here are some tips for eating them!
Now go buy some grapefruits and give these tricks and recipes a try. Make sure to share this blog with your friends and family so they can reap all the heart health benefits of grapefruit too!
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