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Do Honeybells Interact With Prescription Drugs?

By Jason Tromblay. March 31, 2010.

Honeybells are a tantalizing taste sensation.  Their slightly sour sweetness makes your tongue tingle and want more.  Often honeybells are presented as a featured item in holiday gift baskets.  While everyone loves to sink their teeth into succulent honeybells, do these grapefruit hybrids interfere with prescription medicines?
Compounds in grapefruits were shown to interact with certain prescription drugs.  The compounds in grapefruits prevent the breakdown of drugs, especially statins such as Zocor and Lipitor.  Honeybells are a hybrid of tangerines and grapefruits, so will they interfere with the absorption of prescription drugs, too?
The USDA Agricultural Research Center (ARC) determined there is no cause for concern about drug interaction and honeybells.  This means you can eat all the honeybells you want without fear of drug interaction with your current prescription medications.  A study performed by ARC concluded honeybells do not contain the same compounds at grapefruits that cause the drug interaction.
The compounds in grapefruit that cause problems with prescription drugs are called furanocoumarins.  While these compounds are in grapefruits, they are not in the hybrid honeybells.  When you sink you teeth into a succulent segment of honeybell, you get the delightfully sour sweet taste of grapefruit without the drug interaction.
According to the 2005 Journal of Food Science, tangelos were tasted and found not to contain drug interactive furanocoumarins.  Tangelos have genetic material from grapefruits but none of the compound known to cause interaction with drugs.  Samples of 12 commercially grown tangelos and 2 non-hybrid tangerines were tested to get these results.  Despite the honeybells' parentage, they are safe to eat when you are taking prescription drugs.
Honeybells are a healthy choice no matter what ails you.  Rich in calcium, honeybells help to build better bones.  Honeybells, much like other citrus fruits, are chock full of Vitamin C to boost your immune system.  Since your body doesn't store Vitamin C, it needs constant replenishment so you can eat plenty of honeybells to get your share.
These mouthwatering citrus fruits are also easy to eat.  With loose skin, honeybells are a breeze to peel.  In less then a minute, you'll be eating sensational segments with sticky juice running down your chin.  Honeybell enthusiasts know it's wise to keep a napkin on hand at all times.  While there is plenty of juice in honeybells, there are only a few seeds.
A typical medium sized honeybell only contains 47 calories and is a good source of dietary fiber.  It is a beneficial snack or dietary addition for everyone.  With few calories and abundant flavor, honeybells are a nutritious, delicious option.  Honeybells also contain Vitamin A for optimum body function.  
Instead of interacting with your prescriptions, honeybells are actually good for you.  Eating honeybells infuses water and fiber into your diet along with calcium and Vitamins A and C.  The sweet flavor of honeybells is satisfying even when you're counting calories.  With less than 50 calories in each honeybell, it's a guilt-free snack people of all age and backgrounds can safely enjoy.


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