5 Reasons to Love Grapefruit

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February is National Grapefruit Month, offering this highly deserving fruit a little limelight. If you don’t enjoy grapefruit on a daily basis, here are a few reasons to try one today:

Grapefruit is a good source of vitamin C and other nutrients

Citrus fruits like grapefruit contain many nutrients, including vitamin C a powerful antioxidant that helps protect your cells from free radicals, as well as shielding blood fats against oxidative damage. The rich pink and red colors of grapefruit are due to lycopene, a carotenoid phytochemical with potent antioxidant activity. This fruit also offers valuable insoluble fiber, which may help lower cholesterol.

Grapefruit is great for your waistline

Grapefruit is a sound nutritional value for the few calories it contains a mere 90. Thirst quenching foods like grapefruit can help combat overeating due to thirst since they are both refreshing and filling, leaving less room for higher calorie foods. A 2011 study in the journal Nutrition Metabolism found that consuming grapefruit before main meals was a highly effective weight loss strategy, leading to nearly 30% fewer calories being consumed in the following meal.

Grapefruit is low sugar & low GI

If you’re scaling back on sugar, grapefruit is a winner. With a glycemic index score of 25, grapefruit contains far less sugar than most fruit. By contrast, watermelon is a hefty 103. For optimal health, aim for fruits under 50, and eat the whole fruit rather than drinking the juice when possible. If you’re unfamiliar with the glycemic index—a numerical ranking of foods based on how they impact your blood sugar—learn more at www.glycemicindex.com.

Grapefruit is not just for breakfast anymore

Grapefruit offers a wide range of culinary possibilities, acting as a beautiful component in dishes such as Pork Chops with Grapefruit Relish, Quinoa Salad with Grapefruit, Avocado, and Arugula, Rosemary Citrus Game Hens, or Mango, Orange, Grapefruit, Avocado, and Pistachio Salad. For 23 delicious grapefruit recipes, go to:  Allrecipes.com

Grapefruit is great for skin-pampering, natural body care

Essential oil of grapefruit is both soothing and gently energizing. Add several drops of grapefruit essential oil to your bath, or try this easy, natural grapefruit sugar scrub to detoxify and renew: simply blend 1½ c. sugar, 8 drops grapefruit essential oil, ¼ c. olive oil, and ¼ c. natural liquid soap. To use, massage the sugar scrub onto your skin from head to toe in the bath or shower. Emerge glowing and rejuvenated.

Whether you choose lycopene-rich red, pink, or tart white, grapefruit clearly has much to offer. Enjoy!

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