One Amazing Fruit that Can Improve Health

Home Care in Buffalo Grove, IL – Fruit that Can Improve Health

As you know, fruit is incredibly beneficial for overall health.  February is Grapefruit Month, making it a great time to add this delicious fruit to your diet.  According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, consuming one half of a medium pink grapefruit will contain approximately 52 calories, 0 grams of sodium, no cholesterol, no fat, and only 13 grams of carbohydrates. It will also contain 1 gram of protein.

Did you know that the grapefruit is actually a creation that stems from the 18th century? It was created by crossbreeding a pomelo and an orange and got its name from the way it grew in clusters – like grapes. Grapefruits can vary in color from white or yellow to pink and red, and the taste can be extremely acidic/bitter to sweet.

Grapefruits contain a lot of vitamins that promote healthy, clear skin and can lower the risk of many diseases. They can also help promote weight loss.  Grapefruits contains 64% of a person’s daily Vitamin C needs, as well as 28% of Vitamin A and 2% of Calcium and Magnesium.  Grapefruit also is a great source of antioxidants and that can combat the formation of free radicals that are commonly known to cause cancer.

Not only can eating grapefruit on a daily basis help promote weight loss, according to the American Heart Association, eating more citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits may lower ischemic stroke risk in women. Women who ate more grapefruit had a 19% lower risk of ischemic stroke than those who did not eat any type of citrus fruit.

Other studies have shown that eating fresh red grapefruit can have a positive influence on blood lipid levels which can help to lower blood pressure.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care services in Buffalo Grove, IL, contact the caring staff at Companion Services of America today at (847) 943-3786. Our home care service area includes Northbrook, Highland Park, Deerfield, Glenview, Buffalo Grove, Evanston, Des Plaines, Skokie, Lake Forest, Wilmette and the surrounding areas.


Jamie Shapiro