Grapefruit are juicy and tangy citrus fruit that have an underlying sweet tone to them. They are related to the orange, lemon, and pomelo and come in blonde and red varieties. The best way to start your the morning is with the electrifying and refreshing kick of grapefruit that is sure to wake you up.
Immune support: Grapefruit is rich in vitamin C, which helps in supporting the immune system. It also prevents the free radical damage that triggers inflammation.
Antioxidant: In addition to vitamin C, grapefruit contains the carotenoid phytonutrient lycopene, which appears to have anti-tumor activity. Lycopenes fight oxygen free radicals, which are compounds that can damage cells and lead to tumor growth.
Cancer prevention: With the antioxidant properties and immune system support, grapefruit is a beneficial food in cancer prevention and treatment. Grapefruit also contains limonoids, pytonutrients that inhibit tumor formation through the production of detoxification enzymes.
Cholesterol lowering: Grapefruit contains pectin, a form of soluble fiber that reduces the triglyceride and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and slows down the progression of plague build-up in the arteries.
Good source of:
Vitamin C, A
Purchasing, storing, & enjoying:
Purchasing: Don’t judge a grapefruit by its cover. Discoloration, scratches, or scales will not change the flavor or texture of the fruit. However, you should feel for soft spots that indicate decay. Try to pick fruit that are heavy for their size, because this indicates there will be a higher concentration of juice. Grapefruit is sold year-round but the peak seasons are October to May.
Storing: Grapefruit tend to be juicer when slightly warm rather than cool so you can store them in room temperature if you are planning on eating them within a week of purchasing. If storing in the refrigerator, they will keep fresh for up to 3 weeks.
Enjoying: Grapefruit is usually eaten by slicing the fruit horizontally and scooping out the sections with a spoon and knife. They can also be eaten like oranges and the thin membranes of each section can be peeled off to have the fruit not taste so bitter.
Resources & recipes:
-Mixed greens with grapefruit and cranberries: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/mixed-green-salad-with-gr_n_1062062.html
-Citrus Salad with Candied ginger: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/citrus-salad-with-candied_n_1058331.html
-Grapefruit relish: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/avocado-grapefruit-relish_n_1061552.html
-Broiled grapefruit: http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/broiled-grapefruit-recipe/
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