Discover grapefruit’s sweet (not sour) health benefits and find out how you can turn this citrus into a delicious dish.
When you think of grapefruit, does it make your mouth pucker? While the sour flavor of this winter citrus may deter some, grapefruit’s health benefits can’t be ignored.
The pink fruit is loaded with vitamin C — an antioxidant whose benefits include protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease and even improvement in the appearance of your skin, says Justine Habibian, Registered Dietitian at Renown Regional Medical Center.
Additionally, she says half of a medium-sized grapefruit is only 42 calories and supplies between 50 to 60 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C for adult men and women.
“Grapefruits would be a great incorporation when considering the five or six servings of fruits or vegetables an individual should consume daily,” adds Justine.
Feel the (Fat) Burn
And if you’re trying to lose weight, consider this: Did you know eating half of a grapefruit for breakfast may just help shed some of those unwanted pounds around the waistline? Grapefruit contains fat-burning properties, help to keep you full and are also beneficial for blood sugar and insulin levels.
So why not eat a grapefruit in the morning, pair it with some protein like eggs, and you will truly enjoy the breakfast of champions.
Quick disclaimer: Make sure to check with your doctor first if you take any medications, as grapefruit and grapefruit juice can interfere with some prescription drugs.
Want to incorporate grapefruit’s sweet health benefits, but can’t get past it’s sour taste?
This easy (and we mean really easy) recipe for honey-drizzled broiled grapefruit will change your mind.