The grapefruit is one of the most nutritious and low calorie foods you can have. There are several benefits to eating grapefruit. Grapefruit is a rich source of vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that helps tissue grow and repair itself. So, it is essentially good for your skin and much more. Grapefruit that are pink and red contain lycopene that works as an antioxidant. Eating grapefruit is known to help maintain a healthy heart because of its combined nutrients – potassium, lycopene, vitamin C, choline and fiber, which is an impactful combination of nourishments. One study found that a diet supplemented with fresh red grapefruit helps improve blood lipid levels, especially triglycerides. Grapefruit is supposed to help lower cholesterol and the fruit’s low glycemic index helps the body’s metabolism burn fat. For these reasons it is considered a diet food and many people eat it when trying to lose weight.
Grapefruit is also believed to have antimicrobial properties for microorganisms; in any case, there are no known studies that prove this. Grapefruit seed extract, also termed GSE, has strong antimicrobial properties against fungi, and GSE is promoted as a highly effective plant-based preservative by some cosmetic care manufacturers that claim to use natural ingredients.
With so much to offer, why would you not want to eat grapefruit? One grapefruit every day at breakfast could do wonders for you, but its bitter and sour taste is often why people don’t enjoy eating grapefruit daily. In some regions grapefruit are often cooked to remove their sourness and create a sweeter flavor. In Costa Rica they are stuffed with dulce de leche (a sweet milk concoction), bringing about a pastry called toronja rellena (stuffed grapefruit). In Haiti, grapefruit is used primarily for its juice – jus de Chadèque, but is also used to make jam.
To help induce the sweetness of grapefruit without losing all its wonderful nutrients while keeping it a fairly healthy meal, you can bake it. Among the many healthy quick and easy recipes for grape fruit, here is a baked grapefruit recipe worth a try from LoveFoodLifeAlchemy.com:
Baked Grapefruit Recipe
1/4 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
2 large grapefruits, halved and segmented
Position an oven rack so that it sits 4 inches below the broiler. Preheat the oven to broil.
Put the grapefruit cut-side up on a baking sheet.
Sprinkle the sugar over the top of each grapefruit evenly and place under the broiler. Broil until lightly golden brown, about 3 minutes.