Grapefruit

About This Food

Remember the "grapefruit diet"? New research indicates this sunny fruit offers much more than weight loss benefits.

Grapefruit is a low glycemic food and an excellent source of youth-promoting vitamin C. And if you opt for pink-fleshed varieties, you'll also get two important cancer-fighters: beta-carotene and lycopene.

But that's not the end of this juicy fruit's powers. The soluble fiber in grapefruit helps to lower cholesterol and naringin (found exclusively in grapefruit) may help to balance blood sugar. Grapefruit is also a powerful detoxifier and helps to protect the liver.

Some medications have dangerous interactions with grapefruit.

Glycemic Index=25
Glycemic Load=3
Antioxidant Score (ORAC)=1,548

Choose grapefruit that have thin, fine-textured, brightly colored skin. Thick skin means the fruit is "pithy" - containing less succulent fruit and more dense, bitter membrane. Grapefruit should be firm yet springy when squeezed. Store it wrapped in a plastic bag and placed in the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Special diets
  • AIP Diet
  • Gluten-Free Diet
  • Gluten-Free/Dairy-Free Diet
  • Grain-Free Diet
  • Low Lectin Diet
  • Low Oxalate Diet
  • Paleo Diet (Light)
  • Paleo Diet (Strict)
  • Pescetarian Diet
  • Primal Diet
  • Vegetarian Diet
  • Whole Food
Benefits
Excellent Source of
  • VitaminA
  • VitaminC
Good Source of
  • Fiber
Preferences
  • No Fish
  • No Red Meat
  • No Pork
  • No Eggs
  • No Shellfish
  • No Gluten
  • No Nuts
  • No Seeds
  • No Soy
  • No Dairy
  • No Poultry
  • No Molds
  • No Coconut
  • No Pseudograins
  • No Nightshade
  • No Legumes
  • No Grains
  • No Corn
  • No Yeast
  • No Peanuts
  • Low Cholesterol
  • Low Fat
  • Low Sodium
  • Low Saturated Fat
Nutrition Information

Serving size: 1 whole

Calories: 103

Omega-6 / Omega-3 ratio: 4 : 1

Macronutrients
Amount
Total Fat
0.34 g
Saturated Fat
0.05 g
Monounsaturated Fat
0.05 g
Polyunsaturated Fat
0.09 g
Trans Fat
0 g
Essential Fatty Acids (Omega-3)
20 g
ALA
20 mg
EPA, DHA
0 mg, 0 mg
EPA
0 mg,
DHA
0 mg,
Conjugated Linoleic Acid(CLA)
0 mg
Cholesterol
0 mg
Total Carbohydrate
26.22 g
Net Carbohydrate
22.28 g
Sugars
16.95 g
Fiber
3.94 g
Protein
1.89 g
Sugar Alcohols
0 g
Macronutrients
Amount
% Daily Value*
Vitamin A
2829 IU
57%
Vitamin C
76.75 mg
128%
Vitamin D
0 IU
0%
Vitamin E
0.32 IU
1%
Vitamin B6
0.13 mg
6%
Vitamin B12
0 mcg
0%
Vitamin K
0 mg
0%
Folate
31.98 mcg
8%
Niacin
0.5 mg
2%
Riboflavin
0.08 mg
5%
Thiamin
0.11 mg
7%
Choline
18.94 mg
3%
Minerals
Calcium
54.12 mg
5%
Copper
0.08 mg
4%
Iron
0.2 mg
1%
Magnesium
22.14 mg
6%
Manganese
0.05 mg
2%
Phosphorous
44.28 mg
4%
Potassium
332.1 mg
9%
Selenium
0.25 mcg
0%
Sodium
0 mg
0%
Zinc
0.17 mg
1%
Phytonutrients
Alpha-carotene
7.38 mcg
Beta-carotene
1687.56 mcg
Beta-cryptoxanthin
14.76 mcg
Lutein + zeaxanthin
12.3 mcg
Lycopene
3490.74 mcg
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