Love that sweet, sour and refreshingly tangy taste of Grapefruit? You may be in for a treat! Grapefruit is loaded with goodness. It’s bursting with Vitamin C, limonoids, flavonoids, beta-carotene and lycopene. What’s more?! Its fat-burning properties can jumpstart your metabolism. It has low calories, packing only 46 calories per (medium sized) fruit, but lots and lots of fibre and water.
Try a Grapefruit for breakfast. Or, maybe even two. You will feel full and nourished, and stay full and nourished for longer. Try it as a snack beyond breakfast. One Grapefruit before every meal can lead to greater weight loss! Its proven. Or else, have some tasty freshly squeezed Grapefruit juice. Grapefruit juice can help you flush out toxins and stabilise your body’s electrolytic levels.
Not convinced yet? Read on further as I delve more into the subject of Grapefruit, and everything that makes it special.
Grapefruit and Weight-loss
Studies have shown that Grapefruit benefits weight loss.
Nootkatone, an organic compound in Grapefruit, triggers the activation of a key enzyme. This enzyme is responsible for the body’s energy-producing processes, like sugar uptake within cells. The release of the enzyme helps to boost the body’s metabolism. Curiously, the same enzyme is activated when we exercise and it helps muscles use stored-up fat.
Regular consumption of Grapefruit is likely to prevent obesity and enhance physical health.
Top Health Benefits
Grapefruit is a truly versatile fruit with a plethora of health-promoting properties. The super-star fruit can be consumed in a variety of ways, and it benefits us deeply.
- Boosts immunity: Grapefruit is a Vitamin C rich food that boosts immunity. The red and pink varieties of Grapefruit are overflowing with a special variety of nutrients called – bioflavonoids, that give you an extra immunity boost.
- Stabilizes the blood sugar: Grapefruit is a low-GI food. Consuming Grapefruit can stabilize your blood sugar levels, decrease spikes and reduce insulin resistance. It is recommended for diabetics.
- Anti-inflammatory food: If you are suffering from inflammation and bloating, Grapefruit can come to your rescue. Grapefruit has many powerful anti-inflammatory properties, that aid the liver and gut.
- Reduces the risk of a stroke: Grapefruits and oranges can significantly lower the risk of a stroke, especially for women. The compounds – flavonoids, are responsible for this lowered risk.
- Cancer-fighting properties: Grapefruit is considered a top cancer-fighting food. Grapefruit’s primary antioxidant – Vitamin C, can defend against free radicals, flush out harmful toxins and prevent the build-up of carcinogens.
Grapefruit for Glowing Skin
Grapefruit is loaded with vitamin C, an antioxidant that shields the skin. Vitamin C is also essential for the formation of collagen, that keeps the skin looking youthful and healthy. Beta-carotene from Grapefruit is a known anti-aging agent. Grapefruit’s anti-inflammatory and cleansing properties make it ideal for application on skin, to reduce blemishes and scars.
Grapefruit extract is used in aromatherapy and has a soothing effect on our nerves. Grapefruit essential oil and Grapefruit seed extract have numerous benefits too and are widely used in cosmetic products for their value.
How to Eat a Grapefruit
Grapefruits are delicious and go well as an appetizer or dessert. Here’s how to eat a Grapefruit:
- Cut your grapefruit in half.
- Run a knife around the perimeter, at the intersection of where the rind and pulp meet.
- Use the natural lines to cut out segments.
- Scoop out segments with a spoon.
Dice up a Grapefruit or throw it in a salad. Or, blend it into a rich smoothie or juice. Even meat, chicken and fish dishes can use a burst of the fresh, citrusy flavour. For people with a sweet tooth, drizzle a few dollops of honey and relish it as a dessert.
There are many ways to enjoy a Grapefruit. The good part is that all the ways are healthy!