Benefits of Grapefruit and Sweet Potato

Holistic Guardians of Your Gastrointestinal Tract

It is winter and your diet determines whether you’ll get the cold or flu. You can prevent seasonal illnesses by boosting your immunity. Eat your fruits and vegetables to prevent oxidative stress. Here are two common and available foods among many you can eat.

The Benefits of Red Grapefruit:

  • Contains Vitamin C which can shorten colds and flu symptoms
  • Prevents cancer
  • Reduces bruising
  • Prevents heart disease and strokes

Grapefruit is a large fruit for the breakfast table but it has a low popularity profile for some people. It could be that it is sour in taste and is not as appealing as other sweeter citrus fruits. The red grapefruit in particular is a rock star. It contains a number of antioxidant compounds other than vitamin C such as lycopene, limonoids and naringenin. All of these compounds can help reduce cold symptoms and also help decrease the risk of heart disease and cancer.

Antioxidants have the ability to mop up excess dangerous oxygen molecules (free radicals) in the body. Free radicals are a natural part of metabolism but they can have dangerous effects as well. Eating grapefruit helps to clean up the problems before they happen.

Grapefruit contains large amounts of pectin, a type of fiber that has been shown to substantially lower cholesterol. Pectin can help reduce the risks of heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke.

Sweet Potato:

Grows in the ground and is a staple food in the diet especially among the lower economic classes. It is described as ugly because its skin is usually brown and does not stand out among the array of the rainbow colorful vegetables that are in the supermarket. Despite its description this low profile root is an item that most people don’t have on their grocery list and can contribute so much to good health.

But I beg to differ that sweet potato is ugly because sweet potato is one of nature’s unique bountiful gifts. It is a favored staple in my household in making puddings, and myriads of other ways to create delicious fares.

Sweet potato provides the body with an array of vitamins, mineral, and fiber and is considered by scientist, nutritionists and many athletes to be a super food. It is touted as a miracle food that contains strong medicinal properties in fighting an assortment of ailments and diseases.

Sweet Potatoes are also packed with antioxidants and have healing power that can:

  • Preserve memory
  • Control diabetes
  • Reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.

Sweet Potatoes are filling and they are not related to white potatoes.

They contain three well-known antioxidants:

  • Beta-carotene
  • Vitamins C and E

They can play a role in preventing cancer, and heart disease. Sweet potatoes are rich in complex carbohydrates and low in calories. There are 117 calories in a 4-ounce serving. Like other experts, I recommend sweet potatoes for controlling weight and weight related conditions like diabetes.

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