Believed to be a cross between an orange and a pomelo ( a citrus fruit), grapefruits were discovered and transported from Taiwan in the 18th Century.

Some varieties of grapefruit are sour whilst other sweet. Grapefruits could be described as bitter with a hint of sweetness, somewhere between the taste of lemon and an orange.


Grapefruits have a smooth, skin, but it’s the colour of the flesh inside that determines whether it’s a white (blonde), pink, or ruby grapefruit.


Health Benefits


  • Plentiful in Vitamins A and C which increase protection for the retina and wounds. (1) (2)


  • The fruit (particularly the red variety) has one of the highest supply of antioxidants compared to any other fruit which prevents the formation of cancerous cells within the body. (2)


  • Grapefruits are also a good source of fibre, which increases the rate at which food is digested through the colon and promotes weight loss. (3)


  • Grapefruits also contain essential B-vitamins, calcium, and magnesium which help maintain blood flow and the metabolic rate of the body. (4)


  • The rosy flush in grapefruits reflects its lycopene content which lowers triglycerides, contains the highest capacity among all the carotenoids to help fight free radical damage, and protects the skin from UV rays. (5)


Grapefruit Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 100 grams

  Amt. Per 
% Daily 
Calories 33
Calories from Fat 1
Total Fat 0 g 0 %
Saturated Fat 0 g 0%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 0 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 8 g 3%
Dietary Fibre 1 g 4%
Sugar 7 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamin A 23% Vitamin C 56%
Calcium Iron 0%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.





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