Grapefruits are something I have come to greatly enjoy in the last few years, once you get over the bitter flavor it actually becomes pleasant and there is a weird satisfaction of eating one. When I started eating grapefruits regularly I noticed a host of health benefits; I digested my food better, had fewer hunger pangs and stay fuller for longer…..
Its no Coincidence
That when you hear the word Grapefruit all kinds of diets and health benefits come to mind, There have been numerous books published about grapefruits and weight loss. This is definitely not a coincidence several studies have shown that Grapefruits help to control insulin sensitivity therefore allowing your body to handle carbohydrates more effectively.
“For years people have talked about the grapefruit diet, and some even swear by it, but now, we have data that grapefruit helps weight loss,” says Dr. Ken Fujioka
I personally find they are bar none the best fruit to have when trying to get ripped up; they will control your hunger and allow your body to use the carbohydrates you eat more efficiently… What more could we ask for??
1- Half a grapefruit has over 100mg of fresh Vitamin C in a form your body will appreciate unlike the pill forms, this makes them an ideal breakfast fruit and they are available year round unlike oranges so they can be a staple of your diet.
2- Grapefruits also help dissolve in-organic calcium that may have developed around your joints this is thanks to their organic salicylic acid. So they are great if you have any joint pain or arthritis…
3- Powerful Liver Tonic, Awesome for the mornings after you partied too hard…
4- They Aid in the Digestion of food, this is thanks to the acidic properties they have. As mentioned earlier I usually will have half a grapefruit after a big meal I find its one of the best digestives going….
5- Grapefruits are rich in lycopene (the red color/pigment) and Limonoids, it helps to prevent to occurrence of tumors and cancer. These two compounds are hard to find in other fruits and vegtables but appear in abundance in grapefruits….
Red or White?
I am a fan of white grapefruits as I find them to be slightly sweeter and juicier than the red variety, but each have shown their own benefits. Red one’s have been shown to have the highest amounts of Anti-Oxidants which is probably why they are slightly more bitter, studies have also shown them to be the best for lowering triglycerides the supposedly “bad” cholesterol.
White and Pink grapefruits on the other hand are higher in minerals like potassium, as well as things like Vitamin A and the anti-oxidant Lycopene….
Go for whichever grapefruit you find to be the freshest, I know that those of you who live in the USA are spoilt for choice as the Florida Grapefruits are renowned as the best and imported worldwide.
Ideas for Eating
– If you cannot palate the bitterness of a grapefruit to start I would suggest mixing small segments into a fruit salad so the taste won’t be overpowering.
– Grapefruits are also surprisingly good when added to salads: For a salad with a tropical flair, combine chopped grapefruit pieces, cooked shrimp and avocados and serve on a bed of romaine lettuce, its delicious.
– I guarantee though after a few weeks of eating them regularly your pallet will come accustomed to eating them and they will become a joy. I regularly site down with a cup of coffee and a grapefruit for breakfast, its a great start to the day.
So if you have been hesitant about grapefruits, start making them a staple of your shopping list you definitely won’t regret it they are a a delicious and versatile fruit!