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:
- Pink or red grapefruit contains lycopene, so that’s the one to go for.
- The pink or red fruit contains a higher amount of antioxidant than the white/yellow variety.
- For Breakfast: Cut around the segments and refrigerate overnight for a delicious (and slimming) start to your day.
Juicing the fruit:
- Peel the fruit, being sure to remove the white pith as it’s very bitter, and juice.
- Serve chilled. Personally, I enjoy a grapefruit mixed with other sweet fruit. It makes a refreshing drink.
- 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.
- 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.)