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Healthy Habits; Pomelo

This is a fruit, in the grapefruit family, that I didn’t even know existed until recently. Pomelo is the largest citrus fruit, and is native to Southeast Asia. It is delicious, and I recommend that you try it yourself. If you have trouble finding it, ask the produce manager at your favorite grocery store.

The rind is very thick, and can range in color from pale yellow to dark green. The fruit inside, at least in the ones we’ve tried, is very juicy and slightly sweeter than grapefruit. There are other varieties such as the African shaddock pomelo, and the white pomelo, indigenous to Israel.

Here are some of the many health benefits of consuming pomelo:

  • improves digestion
  • lowers blood pressure
  • boosts the immune system
  • promotes the production of collagen
  • improves skin/hair/nail health
  • strengthens tissues/organs/cells, helps prevent cancer
  • increases blood circulation, antibacterial
  • helps prevent UT infections
  • strengthens gums & teeth
  • helps with weight loss
  • hydrating
  • speeds the healing process

Pomelo fruit is an excellent source of potassium, magnesium, fiber, and Vitamins A & C – which act as antioxidants that fight free-radicals in the body and can prevent cancer and also fight cancer.

According to some sources, there are counter indications to eating pomelo, such as for those with kidney and liver conditions. Always do your research and/or check with your health care provider before adding it to your diet.

Be Well and God Bless You,

Jennifer Wimmer

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