Superfood Saturday! Grapefruit
Nutritional Info: Calories: 41
There are many benefits to the big, orange, bitter but oh so sweet cousin of an orange. I grew up with my granddaddy eating grapefruit for breakfast or as a snack. As a kid, it’s probably not the most appetizing food or fruit to eat for that matter because maybe you don’t need to worry about if you’re going to fit into your favorite pair of jeans or if you have heart disease at 35.
I get it. 8 year old me would probably pass every time.
30 year old me not only eats grapefruit for breakfast, but I chose to eat it. Willingly…
Being healthy is the main motivator but it’s also good. I like it plain but I also like it with a little salt or a little sugar. I wanted to share some benefits of grapefruit you may or may not have known.
- Weight loss
- Promoting heart health
- Preventing diabetes
- Boosting the immune system, preventing a cold or sickness (Rich in Vitamin C)
- Helps prevent arthritis
- Helps cleanse the liver
- Cancer prevention
- Macular degeneration, preserving eye health
- Reducing blood pressure
- Skin health (acne, psoriasis, wrinkles)
Finding the perfect grapefruit:
- It doesn’t have to be perfect in color or outside skin texture. Scratches or marks may affect the appearance of a grapefruit, but they don’t impact the taste or texture quality.
- You don’t want an overly soft spot at the stem end of the fruit. These forms of decay usually translate into poor taste—a flavor that is less vibrant and more bitter than a good quality grapefruit.
- The fruits should be heavy for their size as this usually indicates that they feature thin skins and therefore a higher concentration of juicier flesh. Those that have overly rough or wrinkled skin usually tend to be thick skinned and should be avoided.
- Grapefruits should be firm, yet slightly springy when gentle pressure is applied. While chilled grapefruits do not have an apparent fragrance, those kept at room temperature should have a subtly sweet aroma. Grapefruits can be purchased throughout the year although the height of the season ranges from winter through early spring. For the most antioxidants, choose fully ripened grapefruit.
- Since grapefruits are juicier when they’re slightly warm rather than cool, store them at room temperature if you are planning on consuming them within a week of purchase. If you will not be using them within this time period, store them in the refrigerator crisper where they will keep fresh for two to three weeks.
Important to know! Many Medications Don’t Mix with Grapefruits
If you are taking medication, be sure to check with your doctor before eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice, as many medications mix badly with the fruit.