Grapefruit

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The first grapefruit was described in Barbados in 1750. It is relatively new to the citrus group.   Originally, grapefruit was most likely a naturally occurring hybrid between the pomelo and the sweet orange. The red grapefruit variety found a home and thrived in Texas and has consequently been partnered to the Rio Grande Valley. Reds can be found under names like Rio Red and Star Ruby. Other varieties include Pink, Thompson, Marsh, and Duncan, the latter of which range from yellow to pale yellow and fall into the “white” grapefruit category.

Pink and red grapefruit contain the beneficial antioxidant lycopene, and all grapefruit is high in vitamin C and fiber. It has other properties that aid in joint health. Even the extract from its seeds is a powerful antiseptic. However, be aware that grapefruit contains a compound that can interfere with the absorption of some statin-based medications. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you use any drugs with statins.

 

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