Grapefruit – The Fruit of Paradise
Grapefruit’s Latin name Citrus Paradisi, the fruit of paradise, describes the fruits to a “T”! Sparkling and refreshing like the ocean and hued in the colors of whites, pinks and reds like a sunset, this juicy fruit is a succulent snack! Tangy, tart, with an underlying sweetness, the Grapefruit is unique to any other citrus. Grapefruit is low in calories (41 kcal) and packed with the powerhouse Vitamin C, rich in the antioxidant Lycopene and boast the presence of pectin, a soluble source of fiber!
Vitamin C helps support the immune system and can help reduce the symptoms and severity of the common cold. It also fights free radicals and lessens the inflammatory response which can help with conditions such as asthma, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
The pink and red color of the Grapefruit is the result of the antioxidant Lycopene (not present in white grapefruit). Lycopene is a carotenoid phytonutrient. Which simply means it can be a great nutrient for the prevention of cancer in the body!
Prevent Cancer in the Body!
And Pectin, a soluble fiber, can slow the progression of atherosclerosis, lower the levels of LDL “bad” cholesterol, and lower triglycerides. However, compounds in grapefruit are known to increase circulating levels of several prescription drugs including statins. For this reason, the risk of muscle toxicity associated with statins may increase when grapefruit is consumed.
Since the 80’s Grapefruit has been used as a fad diet for weight loss. But the facts are simple. Eating even just a half of a grape fruit a day can help you in a healthy eating plan and even weight loss.
Here are the weight loss benefits:
- Low calorie substitute to other foods
- High in fiber will help you feel full
- Blood sugar stabilization will help reduce insulin levels and curb cravings
With all the health benefits associated to the Grapefruit, why not add this “super-fruit” to your daily diet? Peeling Grapefruit can be pesky, so several brands of peeling options are available, just be sure to pick a No or Low Sugar option. Adding grapefruit to yogurt, salsa, or salads is a quick and easy way to get the daily perks. Many smoothie and drinks now are offering a Grapefruit option. And finally, here are some suggested dishes utilizing Grapefruit from AllRecipes.com!