8 Ways Grapefruit is Great!

If you haven’t let your grownup taste buds try the sweet-tart grapefruit, you’re missing out! This juicy, tangy citrus fruit is full of nutritious goodness that provides a whole range of health benefits. If you hated grapefruit as a kid or think you need to douse it in sugar for it to taste good, give it another chance and you might be pleasantly surprised.

You’ve probably heard about the benefits of eating fruits that are in season, like higher vitamin content, and better flavor. Ripe, seasonal grapefruit is at its peak of nutrition and sweetness. We’re in luck since late winter/early spring is prime time for grapefruit.

One of the reasons it’s so important to eat foods from nature is to get a variety of trace elements. Grapefruit contains over 80 nutrients!1 They are rich in vitamins, are low glycemic, and contain enzymes, antioxidants, and flavonoids.

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Grapefruit Boosts Immunity

Grapefruit contains 100% of the RDA of vitamin C in just one fruit. Vitamin C is good for immunity, inflammation, and skin health (to name a few). It may just be by divine design that this immune boosting food is ripe when flu season is hitting the hardest.

Grapefruit is Anti-Aging

The red, pink, or ruby color in grapefruit is due to its lycopene content. Lycopene is an antioxidant that fights cell-damaging free radicals. Antioxidants stop many aging processes in the body, and help to prevent osteoporosis, UV skin damage, and cancer growth.

Grapefruit Aids Digestion

Grapefruits contain enzymes, which help with digesting food. Their slight acidity encourages proper protein digestion in the stomach and helps to alkalize the rest of the body. Grapefruits have high water content that is filling and hydrating, and they also provide fiber which helps to transit food through the digestive tract.

Grapefruit Repairs DNA and Prevents Cancer

New research shows grapefruit can help to repair damaged DNA. The bitter flavors in grapefruit come from a flavonoid called naringenin. Naringenin works to repair DNA in cancer cells. Limonin, a phytonutrient found in grapefruit, prevents formation of and halts cancer growth.

The 8 ways grapefruit is great are that it tastes and smells amazing, has 80 trace nutrients, a whole day’s worth of vitamin C, boosts immunity, fights aging, enhances digestion, repairs DNA, and prevents cancer. It can’t get any better than that!

How to Eat a Grapefruit

grapefruit2Grapefruit taste the most juicy, sweet, and flavorful when they are at room temperature. You can eat them plain, broiled, in salads, and as a compliment to chicken or fish.

Grapefruit can be eaten like an orange- peeled and sectioned, which is handy for snacks on the go. Grapefruit juice is very refreshing. A favored way to eat grapefruit for breakfast is to cut it in half, and use a small paring knife to cut each section, and then slice the membrane around the perimeter, and eat it with a spoon.

 

Did you know there are spoons specifically for eating grapefruit? Grapefruit spoons have a serrated edge to make digging the sections out super easy. Here is a handy stainless steel 5 piece grapefruit spoon set that comes with a special knife to make grapefruit eating a breeze!

Caution With Grapefruit

Grapefruit is known to interact with some prescription drugs. You may need to avoid grapefruit altogether, or be sure not to have medicine and grapefruit at the same meal. Check with your healthcare professional if you are taking medication.

References:
1.World’s Healthiest Foods, Grapefruit

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