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Sample This Satisfying Superfood During National Grapefruit Month



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There is something satisfying about the sweet, citrusy scent that fills the air when peeling a grapefruit.

Not only is the smell of grapefruit mouthwatering, but so is drinking the fruit’s tart juices.

Grapefruit is typically available year-round but is considered to be in season from November to June in the United States.

February marks National Grapefruit Month, and it is a reminder to appreciate the superfood that can sometimes be overlooked.

Registered dietitian nutritionist Jill Patterson shares that there are a few good indicators to look out for when selecting an ideal grapefruit.

“Ripe grapefruit will have a smooth, thin skin. Make sure that it’s firm all the way around. If there are soft spots, it may be starting to go bad,” she noted.

Those characteristics apply to all types of grapefruit, including yellow/white, pink, and red. The difference in a grapefruit’s color indicates the level of antioxidants it contains.

“The deeper and richer the color, the higher the antioxidants will be, so red and pink grapefruits contain higher amounts of antioxidants (beta carotene and lycopene) than white grapefruits,” Patterson said.

She adds that overall, “Grapefruit is high in vitamins A and C. Vitamins A and C, and orange/yellow fruits and vegetables, contain phytonutrients that can help support a healthy immune system.”

There are a variety of ways people can incorporate grapefruits into their diet and reap the health benefits: cutting it up, blending it in a smoothie, squeezing it on a salad, drinking a glass of it — just to name a few.

Grapefruit is so versatile that it can be enjoyed with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert.

While grapefruit can be consumed whenever an individual chooses, Patterson said, “In general, it’s a good idea to pair a carbohydrate [such as grapefruit] with protein to keep blood sugar levels on an even level and for optimal energy. So consuming grapefruit with a balanced meal or pairing it with a protein-rich yogurt, for example, would be a good idea.”

There are times, though, when it is best for a person to avoid grapefruit in their diet.

Patterson explained, “Grapefruit may interact with certain medications (for example, certain statin cholesterol medications), so it’s a good idea to check with your doctor on whether or not you should consume grapefruit.”

In those cases, there are options out there for people who still crave the taste of grapefruit.

“If someone taking one of these types of medications still would like to enjoy the flavor of grapefruit, they can check with their doctor to see if grapefruit flavored Crystal Light Beverage or lozenges would be appropriate. These products do not have the same health benefits as the actual fruit, but they do provide that grapefruit flavor,” she said.

So whether you are seeking grapefruit for its enjoyable taste or great health benefits, be sure to find a way to incorporate the fruit into your life this February.


Reporter Alissa Silber can be reached at alissa@thebee.com.

Grapefruits come in a variety of colors, including red, pink, and white/yellow. —Bee Photos, Silber
Ripe grapefruit has a smooth, thin skin and is firm all the way around.
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