10 Vitamin-Rich Foods You're Not Eating part 2Red Grapefruit
Nutrients: Vitamin C, Potassium, Folate, Calcium, Fiber, Lycopene, Vitamin B6
Why You Need It: The benefits of citrus fruits are no secret, but sometimes red grapefruit gets overlooked in favor of the more popular crowd in the produce section (oranges, nectarines, peaches). In fact, one Israeli study found that feeding patients the equivalent of one grapefruit a day lowered cholesterol. And the red variety was found to be more effective than white in lowering blood triglycerides, a cholesterol type whose elevated levels is a marker of heart disease. It's a good thing, too, since red grapefruit is sweeter and more palate-friendly than it's sour sister.
How to Eat It: You know that white pulpy stuff you peel away from grapefruit? Leave it on! Palumbo says that many of the nutrients are contained right there, so you'll get the full benefits of all the 170 different vitochemicals that researchers have identified in citrus foods.