Be grateful for grapefruit
Grapefruit is so named because it grows in bunches – just like grapes, except a lot larger. Tangy, juicy, with a slight hint of bitterness alongside underlying sweetness, it’s a pleasure to eat. Most famous because of the Grapefruit Diet (also known as the Hollywood Diet), dating back to the 1930s, at times it’s been ascribed with almost magical qualities, but its health and nutritional benefits are real.
Great for hydration, grapefruit is also a perfect snack after a heavy workout, as it is full electrolytes. Other benefits include: vitamin C, important for the immune system, pectin, a soluble fibre that helps cardiovascular health and can reduce cholesterol, while pink and ruby varieties are a fantastic source of lycopene, a phytonutrient that helps fight oxygen free radicals and has also been associated with reducing the risk of prostate cancer. Other interesting contents include Naringenin, a flavonoid which can help repair damaged DNA in prostate cancer cells, according to the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. Finally, limonoids are a phytonutrient found in all varieties of grapefruit that have been shown to aid against skin, lung, breast and colon cancers.
Serving suggestion: take half a grapefruit, drizzle on some honey for sweetness and sprinkle with a teaspoon of flaxseeds. The flaxseeds are flavourless but provide lignans (chemical compounds found in plants) and antioxidants for further boosts to wellness. Add a passion fruit for a truly exotic taste to elevate your taste buds.
NOTE: eating or drinking grapefruit juice may affect certain medication. If you are on any medication, we recommend consulting with your doctor before including grapefruit in your diet.
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