February has been coined as National Grapefruit Month because it’s a fruit packed with a very powerful healthy punch. Grapefruit, also known as Shaddock or the ‘forbidden fruit,’ is a healthy acidic fruit grown on subtropical trees in clusters like grapes. It’s a cross-breeding between orange and pomelo, thus its size.
Grapefruit is something that people either love or dislike because of its sour, bitter taste. In season from November through March, February is National Grapefruit Month. The United States is the largest producer of grapefruit, and it’s grown in warm states like Texas, Florida, California and Arizona.
Grapefruit offers several nutritional benefits, such as Vitamin C, which is known to protect against cold and flu. It also contains citric acid, natural sugars, and essential oils like limonene, pinene and ctiral. Another important nutritional factor is phytonutrients of grapefruit—liminoids, flavonoids, lycopene and glucarates—all help to fight cancer and a host of other health problems/diseases.
Grapefruit has a high level of flavonoid naringin that has been known to reject synthetic man-made drugs. Some doctors believe that grapefruit causes toxicity, but actually the drugs cause the toxicity. If you do not take medication, grapefruit juice will provide amazing health benefits.
Medical Disclaimer: Always talk to a medical consultant before starting a new diet or if you have any health care-related questions.
Written by: Jamacia Taylor, FizzNiche Staff Writer