I remember a TV program I watched as a child. There was a politician talking about his daily routines. I wasn’t interested in politics then, but something he said grabbed my attention. Although he was very old –in his 80s, he looked younger and so healthy. He was giving his secret. He said that he always had half of a grapefruit at breakfast. He didn’t prefer drinking its juice (see a great recipe for its juice here: Atomic Cocktail) and he gave a very simple recipe explaining how he ate it. After I heard this, my negative opinion about this sourish-bitterish fruit definitely changed! I guess that politician died after the age of 90. I don’t know if grapefruit had an effect on his healthy life, but he had a remarkable effect on me and my eating habits.
I love his recipe and love to eat grapefruit thanks to him. So what’s the recipe? You just need a little sugar for this. Cut one grapefruit in halves. First cut the inner edges in a circular way with the help of a sharp knife. Be careful, don’t cur its peel as it will serve as a bowl. Then cut it crosswise to make bite size slices. Sprinkle a little sugar and serve! Bet your kids will love this version of grapefruit too!
So what are the health benefits of grapefruit?
- As it is very rich in Vitamin C, it helps healing sores. It is proven that it reduces gum bleeding, so if you have gum problems, grapefruit should be included in your diet.
- Lycopene, which is known as the substance found best in tomatoes, also exists in grapefruit, eapecailly in reddish and pink ones. It is known that as an antioxidant, lycopene is against cancer, it reduces the risk of prostate cancer.
- Are you looking for ways to quit smoking? Eat grapefruit! It helps removing nicotine from body and reduces the desire of smoking.
- It is a great source of pectin, which is a soluble dietary fiber. Thus, it helps reducing bad cholesterol.
- It is known as a low-calorie and low glycemic index fruit, so it balances the level of insulin in body. If you are on a diet, you can prefer grapefruit as a snack once a day.
There are some harmful effects of grapefruit too, so be careful for the following cases:
- You shouldn’t eat grapefruit or drink its juice with medicine. It might cause very serious health problems.
- If you have high blood pressure and take hypertension drugs, avoid eating grapefruit. It stops the positive effect of medicine, so becomes harmful for you!