Why is grapefruit our daily ally?

A well-being ally

Grapefruit is a fruit that can be enjoyed in juice as well as as a starter or dessert, delicately sprinkled with white sugar. In addition to being thirst-quenching, it is low in calories. And for good reason, there are almost 39 calories per 100g of grapefruit. Fifth lowest calorie fruit after lemon and ahead of raspberry.

Received idea: grapefruit is a fat burner

Grapefruit is sold as a miracle cure for weight loss, but it is not. If it does not make you lose weight, on the other hand it is known to be a slimming ally thanks to its low calorie content and its richness in pectin with an appetite suppressant action. It is also rich in fiber and quickly provides a feeling of satiety. Consuming half a grapefruit before each meal would have a beneficial effect on cholesterol levels. The work of Jonathan Goldwasser of the “Center for Engineering in Medicine” in Boston (Massachusetts) proves that grapefruit has limonoids, antioxidant properties which have a hypocholesterolemic action. By acting on cholesterol, it reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack and stroke. It is therefore advisable to consume it daily. On the other hand, if you are taking cholesterol medication, you must be careful. Grapefruit acts like medicine on your body, so you should not combine the two. You can access the list of medications contraindicated with grapefruit on the French network of regional pharmacovigilance centers or from your doctor.

An unprecedented supply of vitamin C

Eating half a grapefruit provides 80% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C for an adult and all of it for children. He is therefore our everyday ally. Instead, choose pink grapefruit: they are richer in vitamin C than yellow ones. In addition to being rich in vitamin C, it stimulates the immune system to fight against illnesses such as the flu or bronchitis. With temperatures dropping on rainy days, you should include grapefruit in your daily consumption to boost your immune system and avoid getting sick. In order to get into good habits, we advise you to replace your morning squeezed orange with pressed grapefruit juice which is also rich in vitamin C but half as sweet as orange.

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