The Goodness of Grapefruits
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The grapefruit is an ideal power-food. Not only do they have a unique tangy flavor, grapefruits are also packed with beneficial nutrients for your body. Eating a grapefruit is a wonderful way to start your day. If you already enjoy grapefruits, you'll be delighted to find out all they can do to boost your health. We owe the sunshine state for many of its tasty high-quality citrus fruits, but perhaps none are as great for you as the grapefruit.
Grapefruit comes in different varieties, set apart by their color. The color indicates the ripeness and genetics of the fruit, both of which have a direct bearing on its pigmentation. The most popular types of grapefruit are red, white and pink. Those color classifications refer to the interior or pulp of the fruit, rather than its exterior. Flavors for these grapefruit types range in their acidity. Some are very acidic, others are tart and others are quite sweet.
The “grapefruit” can also refer to the actual citrus tree, which was first bred in Jamaica. The trees have long dark green leaves and white flowers that bloom before turning into yellow to orange skinned fruit. Grapefruits were not originally consumed, but only grown for decoration as a plant. In the late 19th century the fruit started to grow in popularity and orchards sprang up in the southern states of the U.S, like Florida.
Chock Full of Goodness
Grapefruits and other citrus fruits like oranges and tangerines contain a number of power-packing nutrients. They are a great source of vitamin C, the fighter of the common cold. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant, helping your body to fight off disease and cancer causing free radicals. Grapefruits also contain lycopene, another effective antioxidant, and their seeds are said to have antioxidant properties as well. Vitamin C protects the gums and facilitates muscle tissue's production of collagen. Studies also show that grapefruits can even lower cholesterol levels.
You may have heard of the grapefruit diet. Effectiveness and safety of such an extreme diet aside, there is a reason why people turn to grapefruit as a staple in a healthy, low fat diet. It is nutrient rich, low in calories, fat free, and has a very low glycemic index to help burn fat and keep the metabolism functioning efficiently.
Florida's Grapefruit Industry
Florida is the world's leading producer of grapefruits. It is second to no other region over the entire globe. The very first grapefruit grove was established in Tampa in the early 19th century. Since then the citrus fruit industry has taken off at an incredible rate. Today the production and distribution of citrus fruits like grapefruits and oranges account for over 9.3 billion dollars of revenue for Florida each year. It's no wonder these tangy treats are so popular,they are a healthy, juicy and satisfying way to get your citrus fix.