While avocados continue to be all the rage on the breakfast scene, there’s a far superior fruit we reckon deserves its time in the spotlight. It’s pink, it’s sour and looks a bit like an overgrown orange; we’re talking, of course, about the majestic grapefruit.
When the British first found grapefruits in Barbados they were christened ‘forbidden fruit’, but there’s no evil behind these spheres of Caribbean sunshine. Dubbed one of the Seven Wonders of Barbados, the underrated and understated grapefruit is one of the most nutritionally beneficial fruits around.
Considering we’re now in the middle of February aka National Grapefruit Month (who knew?), there’s really no better time to find out just what makes them so good for you.
We’ve found five of the most surprising health benefits to sink your teeth into.
#DYK that grapefruit juice freshly squeezed and stored covered in the refrigerator will retain 98% of its vitamin C for up to a week?#betterfresh #grapefruit #grapefruitjuice #yyc pic.twitter.com/nQwrGdvoUr— Cherry Pit (@CherryPityyc) December 1, 2017
Constantly getting colds? You might want to head to the citrus fruits aisle. Grapefruits are packed with flu-busting vitamin C, which many of lack in our diets. Micronutrient deficiencies of this crucial vitamin have been found to alter immune responses in animals and are thought to have a similar effect on the human immune response. Studies have also found that maintaining good levels of vitamin C in the body can reduce the severity of cold symptoms. So next time you’re feeling under the weather, avoid the soft drinks and fill your cup with a grapefruit smoothie.
Nobody wants to look down in the sink after brushing their teeth and see blood, but if you do find yourself in this unlucky scenario, perhaps another red liquid is the answer. Studies have found that those suffering from gum disease greatly benefit from eating two grapefruits per day, thanks to the fruit’s high levels of vitamin C, which promote wound healing and cut damage by unstable free radical molecules.
It’s long been rumoured that grapefruit has a mythic quality that can help with weight loss. Variations of the ‘grapefruit diet’ have been used since the 1920s, but the most consistent theme is the idea that eating grapefruit before a meal can kick-start your metabolism. While the legends of extreme weight loss results should be taken with a pinch of salt, a study has shown that eating half a grapefruit before a meal may actually help with appetite control. Even if adopting a ‘grapefruit diet’ doesn’t do much for your weight, at the very worst, you’re still getting one of your five-a-day before each meal.