When it comes to health and flavor, there’s nothing quite like the zesty kick of a ripe, juicy grapefruit.
Grapefruit groves thrive in subtropical climates like Florida, Texas, South Africa, and Brazil. While it’s available throughout the year, you’ll find grapefruit is at its best when it’s in season: from winter through early spring.
Tart and sassy with an underlying sweetness, grapefruit’s juiciness rivals the popular orange. Not to be outdone, however, grapefruit holds its own with many of the same health-promoting benefits as its smaller citrus cousin.
Grapefruit is a superhero of gargantuan proportions when it comes to health, no matter if your preference is for white, pink, or ruby, and whole fruit, juice, or pectin forms.
Metabolism, and Weight Management
Say “adios” to adipose! With its high fiber content and low glycemic load, grapefruit could very well be a secret weight-loss weapon.
Adding grapefruit to your diet can boost your metabolism and speed up weight loss, according to a recent study. People who ate half a grapefruit with each meal lost an average of 3.6 pounds. Those who drank a serving of grapefruit juice three times a day lost 3.3 pounds. Many in the study lost an average of 10 pounds!
Feeling a little sluggish? Your body’s energy level might benefit from some grapefruit.
A stressful lifestyle along with a poor diet — including vitamin deficiencies and alcohol and drug use — can cause fatigue and health issues. Issues include increased fat storage around the abdomen, less sleep, and altered hormone levels.
Grapefruit also packs a powerful punch of calcium, vitamin C, vitamin A, and magnesium, which can help calm the nerves during stress.
Grapefruit is believed to prevent free radical damage that may contribute to inflammation because it’s rich in dietary fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and other nutrients. According to a study, adding grapefruit pectin to your diet without making any other lifestyle changes can reduce total cholesterol by over 7 percent.
Drink grapefruit juice and you might just reduce your risk of calcium oxalate kidney stones. Grapefruit juice also prevents smaller calcium oxalate crystals from forming, and it creates less acidic urine, which inhibits the forming of both calcium oxalate and uric acid stones.
One study suggests that women are significantly less likely to form calcium oxalate stones when they drink two to four cups of grapefruit, apple, or orange juice daily. This is because citrate binds with calcium in the urine, which reduces the amount of calcium available to form calcium oxalate stones.
Be sure to replace the calories with juice — instead of adding more — or you’ll gain weight. Talk to your doctor or dietitian before including the juice in your daily routine if you have diabetes or prediabetes.
Grapefruit is packed with nutrients and are good for your heart, metabolism, and many other functions. Just slice one in half and grab a spoon!
You can also reap its bountiful benefits by:
- adding grapefruit slices to fresh salads
- drinking a refreshing grapefruit smoothie
- making broiled grapefruit
It’s not a bad idea to check with your doctor before enjoying grapefruit (or its juice) if you’re also taking certain pharmaceutical drugs. Certain drugs can become more potent when combined with grapefruit.