With spring upon us already, I’ve been thinking! ‘Change of eating habits’ starting with something to fend off hunger, lower cholesterol, and boost fiber intake.
Grapefruit is a citrus fruit and grows in clusters on trees, like grapes; ranging in taste from sweet to sour, and colour; yellow, pink or red.
How about Nutrition
Low in calories and containing a host of nutrients. They're a good source of vitamin A, which is great for supporting the immune system, healthy eyes and skin. Folate, which is key for a baby's development during pregnancy, plus vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and calcium.
Half a fresh grapefruit, counts as one five-a-day portion.
Any other health benefits?
The American Heart Association published a report that suggested that a diet high in certain flavonoids, found in grapefruit, may lower a woman’s risk of stroke and improvements in memory and cognition as well as the prevention of neurodegenerative conditions.
Studies also tell us that specifically red grapefruit, can help to improve cholesterol blood levels, particularly in those suffering with atherosclerosis – a build-up of fatty material inside the arteries.
A word of warning: grapefruit can affect prescription medications?
The NHS advises that fresh grapefruit or grapefruit juice should not be consumed with certain medications as it has been shown to perhaps reduce their breakdown and elimination, which can result in increased blood levels of the drug. These include, but are not limited to, statins, calcium channel blockers, immunosuppressants, certain cancer medications and Entocort, which is used to treat Crohn’s disease. Always check with your GP first if you're not sure!
Enjoy the taste...Enjoy the benefits...