Grapefruit is an accidental hybrid between the orange and the pomelo, but no one is sure when it was first grown. It was first documented in 1750. Grapefruit grows in warm climates; Florida and southern areas of China are the world's top producers. There are several varieties of grapefruit, including white, ruby red and pink, which have varying levels of sourness and sweetness.
Grapefruits are high in fiber and low in calories, and they contain bioflavonoids and other plant chemicals that protect against serious diseases like cancer and heart disease as well as the formation of tumors. Grapefruits increase the body’s metabolic rate, lower insulin levels and give a feeling of fullness. Grapefruit assists the human body in fighting various conditions like fatigue, fever, malaria, diabetes, constipation, indigestion, urinary problems and excess acidity.
Grapefruit seed extract is taken orally for bacterial, viral and fungal infections.
Possible benefits of consuming grapefruits:
- Increased protection from bacterial and viral infections
- Increased immune function
- Reduced cancer risk
- Protection against heart disease
- Cleanses the lungs after quitting smoking
- Reduced asthma symptoms
- Tones the skin
- Reduces symptoms of depression and stress
- Reduces digestive complaints in people with eczema
- Promotes hair growth
- Reduces symptoms of psoriasis
- Lowers cholesterol
Note: Breast cancer: Some research suggests that postmenopausal women who consume a quart or more of grapefruit juice every day have a 25% to 30% increased chance of developing breast cancer. Grapefruit juice decreases how estrogen is broken down in the body and might increase estrogen levels in the body. Until more is known, avoid drinking excessive amounts of grapefruit juice, especially if you have breast cancer or are at higher than usual risk for developing breast cancer.
Hormone sensitive cancers and conditions: Consuming large amounts of grapefruit might increase hormone levels and therefore increase the risk of hormone sensitive conditions.
- Check the color. A ripe grapefruit will be slightly reddish in color. The deeper the color, the more intense the flavor will be.
- Grapefruits can be left at room temperature for a week, and are juiciest when slightly warm rather than chilled.
- For longer storage, they should be held in the refrigerator , where they will keep for six to eight weeks.
- Grapefruit sections add a tangy spark to green salads.
- Combine diced grapefruit with cilantro and chili peppers to make a unique salsa.
- Combine chopped grapefruit pieces, cooked shrimp and avocados and serve on a bed of romaine lettuce.
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