When you think of the month February you probably think of heart shaped candies, balloons, exchanges of hugs and kisses, and that chubby little flying baby with the arrows, named Cupid or the God of Love in Greek mythology. But did you know that this is the month where grapefruits are recognized nationally? Yes, this citrusy fruit contributes to a healthy diet and contains so many benefits to the body that it was awarded its own month! The grapefruit was actually the horticultural accident of pummelo and orange seeds originating from Malaysia and Indonesia. In 1750, Griffith Hughes of Barbados called it the “forbidden fruit” and others called it “smaller shaddock” after Captain Shaddock, who brought the grapefruit seed to America in the 1800’s. The name grapefruit is the English term used to describe how it grows in grape like clusters. This low calorie fruit when cut in half, contains around 78.1% of the recommended vitamin C needed daily. According to the Department of Agriculture, the red grapefruit contains the most antioxidants, which reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, and stroke. It also supports cardiovascular health and the immune system. Eating Cheerios® isn’t the only way to lower cholesterol; grapefruits also offer this benefit. This rejuvenating fruit is low in calories, high in fiber, and contains B-9 that helps brain functions that are needed to produce DNA and RNA. Before you indulge in milk chocolates and candy kisses start your morning off right with this amazing fruit.
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