Enjoy the Grapefruit Season!

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Grapefruits vary in colour from white or yellow to pink and red. Grapefruit is a tropical citrus fruit that tastes a refreshing mix of sour and sweet.

It is rich in nutrients, antioxidants, and fiber, making it one of the healthiest citrus fruits you can eat. These fruits support clear, healthy skin, can help to lower our risk for many diseases and conditions, and may even help with weight loss as part of a healthy and varied diet. The juices, peels, and pulps all provide nutritional benefit.

Grapefruit is low in calories and contains a significant amount of vitamins and minerals known for their role in preventing infection. Its great amount of fiber helps to control the appetite and to promote satiety

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Grapefruit also contains health-promoting phytochemicals like lycopene and beta-carotene (in the pink and red varieties) as well as limonoids like limonin and flavonoids like naringenin. It is also a source of potassium, copper, biotin, vitamin B1 and other vitamins and minerals.

Researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Massachusetts General Hospital have found that naringenin, an antioxidant derived from bitter-flavoured grapefruit and other citrus fruits, may cause the liver to break down fat while increasing insulin sensitivity, helping to treat conditions such as high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes.

How to add grapefruit to your diet:

-Mix with some Natural Greek Yogurt (use coconut yogurt if vegan)

-Use the skin to make a tea  

-Snack on its own

-Add it into a fruit salad

-Use it in a smoothie

-Check it out my creation of Vegan Grapefruit and Avocado Ceviche recipe at Fruitologist Instagram profile. It is a great recipe to use as a snack or entrée.