Grapefruit Nutrition And Health Benefits

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GRAPEFRUIT

The grapefruit is thought to have originated in the Caribbean island of Jamaica, before reaching the rest of the world in the eighteenth century. There are several different varieties, including yellow, pink and ruby-red types. The pink and red varieties are colored by lycopene, a carotenoid with heart-protective and anti-cancer properties.

These are also sweeter in taste and are therefore the best option for anyone who dislikes the more tangy flavor of the white variety’. The fruit is delicious cut in half so that the flesh can be scooped out, and simply eaten on its own, or drizzled with a little honey. It also works well juiced, either alone or in combination with other fruit, such as apple or raspberries, although juic­ ing removes the benefits offered by its fiber content.

The high Vitamin-C content of Grapefruit enhances immunity, helping to reduce and relieve colds, heal cuts and reduce bruising, and it also has anti-aging properties. The pink variety, in particular, is a good source of potassium and bioflavonoids, both of which are important for the heart and circulation, as well as the skin and immunity.

Bioflavonoids also strengthen blood capillaries. The fruit’s seeds contain an anti-para­ site, an anti-fungal compound which, although not edible whole, can be taken in supplement form (grapefruit seed extract). Grapefruit is also rich in alpha-hydroxy-acids (AHAs), which make it an effective toner when used topically. Every part of a grapefruit is a powerful detoxifier. Its flesh and zest are thought to contain compounds that help to inhibit cancer develop­ment.

The pulp is high in pectin, a soluble fiber that binds with excess cholesterol to remove it from the body, and helps to eliminate toxins. Consuming a grapefruit first thing in the morning can kick-start the digestive system and relieve constipation while starting a meal with grapefruit is an old diet trick that does seem to work. In a study in 2006, scientists found that this simple action helped some very overweight volunteers to lose weight.

Their blood-sugar levels were healthier than usual afterward, too. Other evidence suggests that eating grapefruit can steady insulin levels. So these nutrient-rich fruits could help to prevent the vicious cycle in which gaining weight leads to diabetes, and diabetes makes people put on even more weight.

GRAPEFRUIT NUTRITION

The perfect breakfast food, Grapefruit is loaded with antioxidants and is a powerful detoxifier.

Vitamin B3, B5, C, E, beta-carotene, biotin, folic acid, lycopene; CALCIUM, IODINE, IRON, MAGNESIUM, PHOSPHORUS, POTASSIUM; FLAVONOIDS; limonoids; fiber; carbohydrate

GRAPEFRUIT BENEFITS

  • ANTI-BACTERIAL
  • ANTIVIRAL
  • ANTIOXIDANT
  • ANTI-INFLAMMATORY
  • ANTI-AGING
  • ANTI-CANCER
  • DETOXIFYING
  • BLOOD-SUGAR BALANCING
  • ENERGY-BOOSTING
  • GOOD FOR HAIR, TEETH AND NAILS
  • GOOD FOR THE SKIN
  • GOOD FOR THE EYES
  • GOOD FOR THE HEART
  • GOOD FOR THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
  • GOOD FOR THE MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM
  • GOOD FOR THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

GRAPEFRUIT RECIPES

STUFFED GRAPEFRUIT

  • 2 grapefruit, halved, flesh removed and chopped
  • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled and cubed
  • 2.5cm/1 in piece root ginger, chopped
  • 1 pear, peeled, cored and cubed
  • 1 green pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 2 black olives, pitted and halved
  • 2 tbsp lemon balm, finely chopped

Mix the grapefruit flesh with the avocado, ginger, pear and green pepper, and divide the filling among the 4 halves. Garnish with the olives and lemon balm, and serve.

GRAPEFRUIT AND CHICKEN SALAD

  • grated zest of 2 grapefruit
  • 4 tbsp honey vinaigrette
  • 35Og/12oz/2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • 2grapefruit, unpeeled and cut into wheels
  • 4 sweet peppers, deseeded and cut into rings

Add the grapefruit zest to the vinaigrette. Pour it over the chicken pieces. Put the grapefruit wheels and the pepper rings into a dish and pile the chicken on top.

GRAPEFRUIT BEAUTY MASK  (To tone the skin)

  • 1 small grapefruit, peeled and broken into segments
  • 1 small pot natural yogurt

Remove the pith and pips from the grapefruit segments and put them with the yogurt in a blender. Whizz to make a paste. Put the mixture in a bowl and leave in the fridge for 1 hour. Apply to the face and leave for about 10 minutes. Gently remove with cool water.

CITRUS  FRUIT SALAD

  • 3 large handfuls mixed salad leaves
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander
  • 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • ½ pink grapefruit
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp orange juice

Put the salad leaves, parsley, coriander and sunflower seeds in a large bowl. Cut the grapefruit into segments and add them to the bowl. Drizzle the olive oil and citrus juices over the salad, then toss gently and serve immediately.

HONEY-MARINATED GRAPEFRUIT

  • 4 ruby grapefruit
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh mint

Squeeze the juice of 1 Grapefruit and grate 1 teaspoon of the zest; set aside. Warm the honey in a pan. Add the juice and zest. Mix well. Peel the 3 remaining grapefruit and separate into segments. Arrange on a plate and cover with the marinade. Leave to stand for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with the mint.