Power Food: Grapefruit

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Grapefruit is a citrus fruit with a flavor ranging from bittersweet to sour. It contains a range of essential vitamins and minerals. People can consume the fruit whole or as a juice or pulp.

The grapefruit first appeared in the 18th century due to crossing a pomelo and an orange. People called it “grapefruit” because it grows in clusters, similar to grapes.

The nutrients grapefruit may help promote healthy skin and protect against various illnesses. In addition, grapefruit is low on the glycemic index. This means that it provides nutrients but does not significantly negatively impact a person’s blood sugar levels.

Grapefruit is a citrus fruit that helps to clean out cholesterol.

An excellent and refreshing source of vitamin C and flavonoids.

Flavonoids are what give flowers and fruits their vibrant colors; eating fruits and vegetables that contain flavonoids has been linked to numerous health benefits. For example, flavanoids trigger enzymes that reduce the risk of certain cancers, heart disease, and age-related degenerative diseases and possibly reduce the occurrence of the flu.

Please note: grapefruit can alter certain medications, so please ask you healthcare professional if you can add grapefruit to your diet.

How to Select and Store:

Choose pink or red grapefruit with a deep blush on its skin to ensure ripeness. The skin should be smooth, and the fruit should be firm to touch. Store grapefruit from the market in the refrigerator, but the fruit can be left at room temperature for one week if recently picked.

Grapefruit contains the following nutritional information according to the USDA:

  • Calories: 32
  • Fat: 0.10
  • Carbohydrates: 8.08
  • Fibers: 1.1
  • Protein: 0.63
  • Cholesterol: 0

How to Use a Grapefruit:

  • Fruit sections are a great addition to green and fruit salads.
  • In addition, grapefruit juice can be a refreshing drink.
  • It is also used to prepare desserts, jams, marmalade, and jellies. Its peel can be candied as in oranges.

Try This!

Stew pink grapefruits slices and zest with cranberries, raspberries, maple syrup, and vanilla for a dessert compote.

Photo by Anna Wlodarczyk on Unsplash

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