Have you ever wondered why they call grapefruit, grapefruit? It’s a silly question but I always thought it was a strange name for it. I mean, it’s not in the grape family, it’s in the citrus family. Growing up, I often questioned this and the other day in the supermarket, my daughter asked me the same question.
After spending the afternoon with her debating the reasons people call it grapefruit, we decided that the curiosity was itching at us and we wanted to learn the truth.
We went home and did some research. And wouldn’t you know, the reason the call grapefruit, grapefruit is because they grow in clusters, just like grapes. Hmm, fair enough.
While on the subject of grapefruit, I started telling my daughter why I always chose to snack on grapefruit and why I always encourage her to munch on grapefruit slices too. She was excited to learn that her favorite fruit had some great benefits for her body.
Helps you lose weight
Not that my daughter needs nor cares about the weight loss factor of grapefruit, but I still wanted to share this awesome fact with you. There are three things that grapefruit can thank for being so great for weight loss:
- Low in sodium
- High in water content
- High in fat burning enzymes
The combination of the above key factors make for an amazing fruit that speeds up your metabolism. To really see the results of weight loss, along with healthy eating and exercise, try eating a grapefruit everyday or even drinking some fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.
Helps lower cholesterol
Grapefruits have a ton of antioxidants that help your body fight off high cholesterol. This is a great tool to have if you want to prevent high cholesterol, however, if you already have high cholesterol levels, you should consult your doctor. This is because grapefruit counteracts with the medication that many people may be on with cholesterol issues.
Helps prevent arthritis
Grapefruit contains a compound called salicylic acid which helps to break down inorganic calcium in your body. Inorganic calcium causes build up of cartilage in the joints and might even lead to arthritis.
Helps prevent cancer
The red color of a grapefruit is from a carotenoid pigment called Lycopene. It is a powerful tool against tumors and cancers because it fights cancer-causing free radicals. Another antioxidant grapefruit contains is called naringenin. This antioxidant helps to mend damaged DNA inside of prostate cancer cells.
Although Grapefruit tends to have a sour and mouth-suckering taste, there’s no doubt that you should being including it into your daily diet. You can often add slices to your salad or your protein shake to add favor and nutrients.