Eat this slightly sweet and bitter fruit for a boost of fiber and vitamin C.
Grapefruits come in several varieties including red, white, and pink — all taste relatively similar — slightly sweet and bitter. Grapefruits are great to have on hand for a quick snack or pre-workout.
How to Use:
Use as you would any other fresh fruit. Try them in as the citrus fruits in salads, toppings on yogurt, oatmeal, porridge, or au naturale. Grapefruit juice is great in water or in sparkling water for a refreshing low-calorie drink.
Nutrient Breakdown of Grapefruit:
*per 100g, about half a grapefruit
Fiber | 1/2 grapefruit contains 2g fiber
Carbohydrates | 1/2 grapefruit contains 11g carbohydrates (7g sugar)
Vitamin A | 23% DV
Vitamin C | 52% DV
Vitamin B1, B5
Antioxidants | lycopene especially in the red and pink varieties, naringenin and naringin
Phytonutrients | limonoids
Small quantities of minerals | iron, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus
Where to Purchase:
Health food stores, grocery stores, or farmers markets
Tips and Tricks:
After using the flesh of the fruit for eating, squeeze out any remaining juice to use as a dressing, in a sauce, in Simply Infused Water, etc. for a boost of flavor and a bit of nutrition.
Some individuals who take prescription medications should be extra cautious when incorporating grapefruit into their diets. Grapefruit has a strong interaction with some of the most widely prescribed medications. Why? Grapefruit contains a compound called naringenin that inactivates cytochrome P450 3A4 (a fancy way of saying an enzyme in the small intestine that metabolizes some prescription drugs). This slows down the normal detoxification and metabolism in the liver and intestines, which makes it harder for the body to eliminate and break down the drug. Not only can grapefruit decrease the function of a drug, but it can also enhance making the drug more potent — both of these side effects are no good when you’re trying to regulate a medical condition with a prescription drug. Best advice is to do your research and ask your physician.