Besides lemon and blood orange, I enjoy eating grapefruit. Some people have a love-hate relationship with this subtropical citrus fruit due to its bittersweet and slightly sour taste, but I love it. Grapefruit grows on trees in clusters, similar to grapes, and for that reason it earn the name “grapefruit”. It has a yellow rind, and the flesh can be white, pink or red.
The fruit is often revered as the “fruit of paradise” for its health promoting benefits as well as healing properties. You’ll see why.
1. Weight control
Eating grapefruits lowers insulin which instead of storing sugar and converting them to fats, it uses it as a fuel to burn fat. The high water soluble fiber in grapefruit can also help you feel full and increase the metabolism of the body.
2. A good source of vitamins and minerals.
The fruit is high in vitamin c, vitamin A, potassium, B vitamins, vitamin K, phosphorus, calcium, and phytonutrients that helps maintain healthy cells to fight infections, sustain vision, burn off unsightly cellulite and keep your immune system going.
3. Smooths your rough skin
The high vitamin C content in this fruit does wonder in fading spots by reducing excessing production of skin pigment. Cut the fruit in half, sprinkle on a teaspoon of sugar (a mild exfoliant) and rub over your skin to get rid of dark patches on your knees and elbows. This is not recommended for face as it can irritate sensitive complexion.
4. A green cleaner.
Many bathroom sanitizing cleanser contains harmful chemical agents and unpleasant smell. Grapefruit can come in handy to keep your bathroom germ-free while being green. Here’s how you work it: Dip the juiced half in a plate of sea salt, and then rub the grapefruit all over your bathroom fixtures, squeezing any leftover juice out as you go. The citric acid in the fruit dissolves dirt and grime; the salt disinfects and scours. After scrubbing, rinse everything away.