How to Get the Best Out of Grapefruit Juice

This entry is part 1 of the series Juicing 101

 (Originally published August 2015. Updated 23 November, 2017)

Refreshing drink

Well, we’ve finally had some rain in this drought-ridden land. Not too much, but some. Today it’s sweltering so probably soaking up most of the moisture in the air. Sigh. What I need is an ice-cold glass of fresh juice. I wish I had some grapefruit in the fridge.

Talking about grapefruit . . . When did you last enjoy an ice-cold juicy grapefruit for breakfast? Yummy! I decided today that we’d learn something about the fruit, and also how to juice it.

High Food Value of Grapefruit

  • First of all, it is rich in the cancer-fighting phytochemical, lycopene. (Read more about lycopene here.)
  • Grapefruit is also rich in Vitamin C, which supports a healthy immune system and may help reduce cold or flu symptoms.
  • According to some research, grapefruit may reduce the risk of kidney stones, and help to protect against lung and colon cancer.
  • It contains pectin, a fiber that helps to lower cholesterol.
  • Grapefruit also acts as a cleanser for the urinary and digestive tract.
  • And it promotes healthy skin.

So how is that for a healthy additive to our juicing menu?

Choosing the best: 

  1. Pink or red grapefruit contains lycopene, so that’s the one to go for.
  2. The pink or red fruit contains a higher amount of antioxidant than the white/yellow variety.
  3. For Breakfast: Cut around the segments and refrigerate overnight for a delicious (and slimming) start to your day.

Juicing the fruit:

  1. Peel the fruit, being sure to remove the white pith as it’s very bitter, and juice.
  2. Serve chilled. Personally, I enjoy a grapefruit mixed with other sweet fruit. It makes a refreshing drink.

Two Warnings:

  1. Type 2 Diabetics: According to Dr Peter Owira, a pharmacologist from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (S.Africa) grapefruit juice can be bad for type 2 diabetics who are taking the medication Metformin (Bigsens, Forminal, Glucophage) as they may develop high lactic acid levels, considered dangerous for the body.
  2. People taking Statins, especially simvastatin (Zocor) and atorvastatin (Lipitor) for high blood cholesterol should avoid eating or drinking grapefruit, so researchers say. Play safe: Before you eat grapefruit, check with your pharmacist whether you are taking any drugs that indicate you should avoid this delicious fruit.  (For more on this risk, read here.)


6 comments on “How to Get the Best Out of Grapefruit Juice

  1. I love grapefruit, guess I’d better heed your warning and check that it’s okay to eat it with the medications that I’m on.

  2. Grapefruit is an excellent fruit for a variety of health issues.But it’s not available in this part of India.Liked reading all about this wonderful fruit

  3. I kept waiting for the but, or however. Many prescription medications specifically say NO grapefruit. Some of the chemo medications carry that same warning. Have you seen any cautions about lgrapefruit? I love it and have sure missed it.

    • Hi Glenna. There is a “but”. Near the end there is a “warning” – for diabetics. I’ve just added another one I’ve become aware of which is those on statins for high-cholesterol. Like you, I love grapefruit.

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