Expect great health benefits from this bitter but colourful fruit
It may cause some to screw up their faces in bitter contempt for the sour taste, but it is loaded with lots of the good stuﬀ. Here are some great benefits grapefruit has to oﬀer.
It’s good for the immune system
If you’re a regular grapefruit fiend, you could see improvements to your immune system. Like other citrus fruits, it is high in vitamin C (known for its antioxidant properties). Another immune-boosting vitamin that is found in grapefruit is vitamin A, which has been shown to help protect against inflammation. Plus it provides smaller amounts of B vitamins, zinc, copper and iron.
If you’re looking to get back in shape after an over-indulgent festive period, high fibre foods are ideal for inducing feelings of fullness, due to the fact that fibre slows the speed your stomach empties, meaning you’re less likely to feel the need to binge. This isn’t the only good news about eating grapefruit for your waistline, though. The calorie to water ratio falls towards much higher water content, so if you’re hitting the gym this January, grapefruit is a great addition to your diet.
Great for your heart
There is thought to be a link between eating grapefruit and improved heart health. This is due to studies showing that increased grapefruit consumption can reduce things such as cholesterol and high blood pressure. In one such piece of research, those who had grapefruit three times a day over the six week study experienced considerable improvements to their heart condition.
A study from the British Dental Journal showed that grapefruit can lead to healthier gums and prevent against gum disease (which often results in bleeding gums). Thanks, in part, to the high levels of vitamin C in grapefruit, your gums will benefit from introducing more of this citrus fruit into your diet.
Prevent kidney stones
If all of these benefits hadn’t been enough to convince you that you need a little more grapefruit in your life, their ability to reduce the risk of kidney stones might do just that. The bitter flavanone that can turn some oﬀ from eating grapefruit, known as naringenin, has been shown to successfully prevent kidney cysts from forming.
But what can I do with grapefruit?
If you’re anything like us, once the celebrations of reaching a new year have finished we get the urge to cleanse our diet. This usually involves blending fruit to make delicious and nutritious smoothies on a regular basis. We particularly love creating a green smoothie with a grapefruit kick. Add an apple, a couple of cups of spinach, one banana, a splash of plant milk (or water depending on how thick you like your smoothie) and a peeled grapefruit to your blender and get mixing.
Add some fruity freshness to your salsa. Peel a grapefruit and orange, removing pith, and coarsely chopping segments. Add juice from a second grapefruit and orange to a bowl before adding a diced small onion, a couple of
chopped tomatoes and a small, minced jalapeño. Add herbs and spices to taste. This twist on the traditional salsa side is tart but tasty and we can’t get enough.
A hearty Buddha bowl is a January must. Grapefruit can be a great addition to a healthy bowl of greens and grains. Try cooked quinoa (of any colour) with ½ a cup of chickpeas, some salad leaves and sliced avocado. Then top with segments of juicy grapefruit with whatever salad dressing or vinaigrette you would usually dress your salads with.
With Valentine’s just around the corner, impressing loved ones with a romantic dinner provides the perfect opportunity to take full advantage of your new found love for grapefruit. Try making a refreshing mimosa with grapefruit juice mixed with champagne and go the extra mile to impress by dipping the rim of your champagne glass in water and sanding sugar before adding the drink. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit to finish.
There are quite a few recipes around that feature cinnamon as a pairing for grapefruit. It may not seem like the most obvious of matches, but when you get the sour taste of the grapefruit with the notorious cinnamon spice, you may just love it as much as we do. We like grilling half a grapefruit with a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar until the grapefruit is nearly ready to burst and then serving for a warming breakfast or brunch.