What is it?
Grapefruit is a BEAUTIFUL pink fruit that was cultivated in the 18th century as a cross between an orange and a pomelo. It was actually given it’s name because it grows in clusters similar to grapes – who knew?
What are the Benefits?
Weight loss: Has anyone else heard of the grapefruit diet? We aren’t big diet fans (because #foodislife) but interesting theory that eating (or drinking) grapefruit at every meal for 21 days can greatly impact weight loss. Some people lose greater than 10 pounds in just a few short weeks. Supporters say that this is due to a special fat-burning enzyme that only grapefruit possesses. Although many have tried and seen positive results, there is currently no science backed research to confirm this to be true.
Critics think that the results people are seeing are due to a loss of water weight or other effects of eating healthier and less caloric foods. In fact, Grapefruit is 92% water, giving it one of the highest water contents of any fruit. (1) Because a it’s mostly water, a medium sized grapefruit only makes up about 50 calories.
Here are some of the major nutrients found in half of a medium-sized grapefruit (1):
- Calories: 52
- Carbs: 13 grams
- Protein: 1 gram
- Fiber: 2 grams
- Vitamin C: 64% of the RDI
- Vitamin A: 28% of the RDI
Antioxidants: We LOVE these for so many reasons – but mainly because they reduce inflammation in the body (like this ingredient) . Grapefruits aren’t just a bright pink/red color for looks. The lycopene phytonutrient actually gives it it’s color and has proven to have anti-tumor and cancer related components. Among the common dietary carotenoids, lycopene has the highest capacity to help fight oxygen free radicals, which are compounds that can damage your cells and lead to diseases like cancer. (2)
Healthy Skin: Anyone who researches beauty products knows that a critical factor for healthy, youthful skin is HYDRATION. As we said above, grapefruit is 92% water and thus helps keep you and your beautiful skin hydrated for hours. Additionally, the antioxidant vitamin C can help to fight skin damage caused by the sun and pollution, reduce wrinkles, and improve overall skin texture when eaten in food or applied to the skin. (3) Grapefruit facial, anyone?
What to Look Out For:
As they say, more of something good is not always better. Grapefruit has been shown to inhibit an enzyme in the intestines called CYP3A4 which is responsible for breaking down certain medications in the body. Additionally, it can result in extra-high, even potentially dangerous, levels of certain drugs in the body when consumed at the same time. (4) Note to self: don’t take with medication and consult with your doctor if you are on long term meds prior to consuming!
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