Do you have trouble staying hydrated? Try eating grapefruit. This juicy fruit is not only delicious, but it also has many health benefits as well.
One cup of grapefruit sections and juice provides your body with one and a half days worth of vitamin C. Grapefruit is also a good source of fiber, vitamin A, and potassium. A past study from the University of Royal Holloway London found that a natural product found in grapefruit called naringenin could prevent kidney cysts from forming. A study presented at an American Thoracic Society conference reported that eating a healthy diet could help improve your lungs—in fact, people in the study who recently consumed fish, grapefruit, bananas, or cheese showed improvement in lung function and a decrease in certain inflammatory markers associated with poor lungs.
Want to add more grapefruit to your diet? In honor of National Grapefruit Month, try making the grapefruit snack recipes listed below.
- Candied grapefruit. If you’re in the mood for a quick grapefruit snack consider making candied cardamom grapefruit segments. All you need is a large pot, grapefruits, sugar, water, cardamom, and a little bit of time. You can find a recipe here.
- Grapefruit crostini. Want a snack that’s a bit more filling? Try a grapefruit crostini. This recipe calls for a large baguette, goat cheese, avocados, basil, a little honey, and, of course, grapefruits. It is delicious and the avocados and goat cheese will add fiber, vitamin K, and protein to your meal.
- Grapefruit salad. Are you looking for a more nutritious snack? Try this grapefruit salad. It’s made with corn kernels, grapefruit, tomatoes, avocados, mint, olive oil, and lemon juice. These additional ingredients add fiber, iron, protein, vitamin K, vitamin B6, and magnesium to your diet.
- Citrus salad. If you are looking for another fruity salad, consider this recipe. A citrus and pomegranate salad only calls for three ingredients: oranges, grapefruit, and pomegranate seeds. With this salad, you’ll get a large serving of vitamin C, fiber, folate, and vitamin K.
Special Note. With some prescription drugs, grapefruit can cause severe adverse effects. In fact, an article published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that the number of medications with the potential to negatively interact with grapefruit consumption has increased from 17 to 43 between 2008 and 2012 alone. So, be sure to consult with your doctor before adding grapefruit to your diet.Tags: dr. kathleen hall, grapefruit nutritional facts, grapefruit recipes, mindful living, National Grapefruit Month