Pomelo is a crisp citrus fruit native to South and Southeast Asia. It is usually pale green to yellow when ripe, with sweet white (or, more rarely, pink or red) flesh and very thick albedo. It is the largest citrus fruit, 15–25 centimeters in diameter, and usually weighing 1–2 kilograms.
1. Low Calorie
Pomelos have 0% fat and 72 calories per cup (190 grams) – a dieter’s delight! Most everyone has heard of the Grapefruit Diet, which become popular in Hollywood in the 1930’s, and saw another resurgence in the 1970’s. Both grapefruit and pomelo contain a fat burning enzyme, which theoretically increases the dieter’s success. This fad diet, promoted extremely low calorie intake, and eating grapefruit before every meal.
2. Vitamin C
Citrus fruit burgeon with vitamin C, and the pomelo is no exception. Pomelo provides 193% DV of Vitamin C. Recent studies have shown Vitamin C strengthens your immune system when it weakens due to stress. And although Vitamin C can not cure the common cold, it can prevent you from developing additional cold complications such as lung infections or pneumonia.
Most notable, pomelos are loaded with antioxidants that are believed to help slow down the aging process and protect against some diseases – including heart disease and cancer – as they help rid the body of free radicals.
While due to its low calorie intake, the Grapefruit Diet is unhealthy, the principle behind eating grapefruits is a sound one. Pomelos, like grapefruits have a fiber content of 8% daily value or DV.
5. Cancer Fighter
The Chinese use the pomelo rind in many dishes. The skin of the fruit is very rich in bioflavonoids. This property is helpful in reducing pancreatic, intestinal and breast cancer. In fact, it stops cancerous cells from spreading further.