June 1, 2010

Grapefruit, Ugly Duckling , & Gibran

Fruits versus their tastes and their ease of eating them : very self-explanatory .
The most peculiar thing was the grape fruit , observe how it is the most difficult and most untasty.
I guess it is the same story as the " Ugly Duckling". How ?
Well, It is the most bitter fruit , considering fruits should have some sort sweetness or  some sourness atleast.
On the graph, it really looks like the "odd" black duckling, abandoned by its fellow fruits.
But like the ugly duckling which flies eventually and proves that  it is not different than the others, the grapefruit  also proved to be one of the  most precious fruits.

Indeed, grapefruit is the most nutritious fruit. It is an excellent source of many nutrients and phytochemicals that contribute to a healthy diet.As well it is a good source of vitamin C, contains the fiber pectin, and the pink and red hues contain the beneficial antioxidant Lycopene. Studies have shown grapefruit helps lower cholesterol,and there is evidence that the seeds have antioxidant properties. Grapefruit forms a core part of the "grapefruit diet", the theory being that the fruit's low Glycemic index is able to help the body's metabolism burn fat.
Grapefruit seed extract (GSE) has been claimed to have strong antimicrobial properties.
Grapefruit also contains large quantities of a simple Polyamine called Spermidine, which may be related to aging. It is known to be necessary for cell growth and maturation, and as cells age their level of Spermidine is known to fall. Scientists have shown that feeding Spermidine to worms, fruit flies and yeast significantly prolongs their lifespan. In addition, adding Spermidine to the diet of mice decreased molecular markers of aging, and when human immune cells were cultured in a medium containing Spermidine, they also lived longer.

But all of us will fall  afterall, for the most tasty and easy , no matter how much we know about the nutritional aspects  benefits !!

Moral :  Beauty is not everything. And neither taste. It is the things that the eye doesn't see or the mouth doesn't taste that has this magical effect on us.

Or Maybe we will recognize what Gibran Khalil Gibran recognized before us:

"Beauty is not in the face;
                                                           beauty is a light in the heart" :)

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