Fresh grapefruit contains dietary fibre, which may help maintain healthy cholesterol levels, support healthy digestion, and may help keep you feeling full for longer.1 One half of a sweet, juicy medium-sized grapefruit (120g) provides 4% of the Reference Intake (RI) for fibre.*
What is Fibre?
Dietary fibre describes the carbohydrates and lignin (a part of plant cells walls that makes them rigid and woody) that are naturally found in plants and not digested and absorbed in the small intestine.1 Typically, fibre is made up of compounds that are basic components of plant cells. Although fibre contributes minimally to energy (calorie) intake and is generally not used by the body as a fuel source, it is considered to be an essential part of a healthy diet.
There are two basic types of dietary fibre: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibres are those that dissolve in water and can form a gel in the digestive tract. Soluble fibres may have positive effects on blood cholesterol. Insoluble fibre does not dissolve in water and can promote healthy digestion and elimination. Grapefruit contains both types of fibre, with pectin being the common soluble fibre found in fresh grapefruit.
Benefits of Fibre
Fibre can aid with laxation by adding to faecal bulk and also promote satiety, or “feeling full”, which may help promote weight loss by reducing caloric intake.1 The intake of fibre also has been associated with reducing serum cholesterol, decreasing blood glucose levels, and reducing the risk of coronary heart disease.1
Sources of Fibre
Dietary fibre is found in most fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains (especially whole grains), and nuts and seeds.
Learn more about the health benefits of fresh Florida Grapefruit and Florida Grapefruit Juice.
*Reference Intake: Based on a 2000 calorie diet. Information is not intended for labelling food in packaged form. Nutrient values may vary based on variety of citrus fruit and place of origin. Check with your citrus vendor for additional information.