Pink or white, with seeds or seedless, grapefruit is delicious, tart and refreshing. Eating it regularly is a great way to get your vitamin C in just a few calories: an average-size grapefruit has about 70 calories total. Plus this citrus fruit offers other benefits. Research suggests it may:
- Protect against cancers of the prostate, lung and colon
- Support immune function
- Lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol
When choosing, look for a thick skin and heavy weight – both help to insure a juicier fruit. Enjoy grapefruit sectioned and tossed in a salad, on its own (with or without a sprinkle of sugar) or as freshly squeezed juice.
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