Grapefruits come in different colors, sizes, and with a myriad of health benefits. They are nutritious and packed with Vitamin A, Protein, Potassium, Folate, Thiamine, and Magnesium that are all beneficial to the body. Grapefruits are also a great source of Vitamin C, which is known for its antioxidant properties that can help protect the body from harmful bacteria and free radicals. Grapefruits are also high in fiber and can help promote appetite control resulting in effective weight loss.
Grapefruits have other health benefits including reduced risk of diabetes, lower probability of contracting heart illnesses, and faster wound healing.
Grapefruit is truly one remarkable power fruit. However, you need to keep an eye out for possible drug interactions. Grapefruit may not be mixed with cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, HIV pills, anti-anxiety medication, erectile dysfunction prescription, and allergy medicines, as it could cause the medicines to either be more or less potent than intended. Always consult your doctor for foods that may interact with prescriptions. Other than that Grapefruits may be consumed by anyone any time of the day.
How to make Grapefruit Oil
Prep Time: 5 mins, 3 days stand
Yields: 2 cups
- ¼ cup minced grapefruit peel (see note)
- 2 cups canola, grape seed or safflower oil
- Combine the grapefruit peel with the oil and let stand, covered, at room temperature for 3 days; strain. The oil can be covered and stored at room temperature for up to 6 months.
Note: Use a very sharp knife to remove the outer peel of the grapefruit, avoiding the white underskin, which will make acrid oil. Lemon, lime, orange or tangerine peel can be infused for different flavored oils.