Grapefruits are sodium and cholesterol free. They are full of vitamin C, with 61 percent of RDA in just one half. Pink grapefruit stand out from citrus crowd with high vitamin A (46 percent of RDA in half) and Lycopene antioxidants for eyes, skin and hearth health. Studies reveal a red grapefruit a day can lower LDL (bad) cholesterol by 15.5 percent and triglycerides by 27 percent.
Don’t mix with medication
Grapefruit interferes with 85 drugs, including certain antihistamines (for allergies and colds), Cholesterol lowering statins and antidepressants. A compound in grapefruit intersects with the metabolism of these drugs, making them either less potent or so concentrated they become toxic.
Before you have a glass of grapefruit juice with breakfast check with your doctor or pharmacist and read the about inserts for your medication carefully.
Can you lose the weight eating Grapefruit?
Full of quick weight loss promises, the grapefruit diet has been disproved, but the core benefits check out: Because grapefruit is 90 percent water and high in fiber. It can help curb appetites. Research shows that people who eat half a grapefruit before meals have lost more weight that those that didn’t.
Select the best Grapefruit
Choose fruit that has thin, smooth, blemish free skin.
The grapefruit should be heavy for its size.
The redder the flesh the sweeter the taste and the greater the lycopene and antioxidant linked to lower risk of breast cancer and heart disease.
Store at room temperature one week or refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.
February is National Grapefruit Month
I chose the following recipes to share based on taste and presentation.
I've had broiled grapefruit and it was delicious. The Chicken sounded good and the directions were clear. A good slice of cake is all ways welcomed in my home.
Breakfast: Brown Sugar Broiled Grapefruit
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