Fresh grapefruit contains dietary fiber, 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 provides 5% of the Daily Value for fiber.*
What is Fiber?
Dietary fiber describes the carbohydrates and lignin (a part of plant cells walls that makes then rigid and woody) that are naturally found in plants and not digested and absorbed in the small intestine.1 Typically fiber is made up of compounds that are basic components of plant cells. Although fiber 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 fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibers are those that dissolve in water and can form a gel in the digestive tract. Soluble fibers may have positive effects on blood cholesterol. Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water and can promote healthy digestion and elimination. Grapefruit contains both types of fiber, with pectin being the common soluble fiber found in fresh grapefruit.
Benefits of Fiber
Fiber can aid with laxation by adding to fecal bulk and also promote satiety, or “feeling full”, which may help promote weight loss by reducing caloric intake.1 The intake of fiber also has been associated with reducing serum cholesterol, decreasing blood glucose levels, and reducing the risk of coronary heart disease.1
Sources of Fiber
Dietary fiber is found in most fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains (especially whole grains), and nuts and seeds.
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* Daily Value: Based on a 2000 calorie diet. FDA rounding rules applied when calculating percent DV based upon 2018 rules. Information is not intended for labeling food in packaged form. Nutrient values may vary based on brand or product types.