Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Week 8 of Healthy Food: The Grapefruit

Grapefruit is another of those favorite citrus fruits with loads of health benefits and particularly high in Vitamin C. Many studies show that Vitamin C supports the immune system, and it can help fight off those nasty winter colds. Grapefruit is also high in fiber and can help regulate the digestive system.
If you prefer the Ruby Red grapefruit, you're in luck. The red or pink color is caused by lycopene that can help fight oxygen-free radicals that damage cells. Several studies show that lycopene-rich foods can help reduce the risk of prostate, colon, and lung cancer. Grapefruit and grapefruit juice have also been shown in some studies to reduce the risk of calcium oxalate kidney stones. Other research shows evidence that grapefruit may help lower cholesterol. (A word of warning, however, if you take certain medications: Grapefruit and grapefruit juice can interfere with the liver's ability to metabolize cholesterol-lowering medications. Check with your doctor.)
It's easy to either squeeze the grapefruit for juice or to take a serrated knife and just section the grapefruit to eat. But how about adding a little something extra to your breakfast? Try broiling the grapefruit next time for a little added treat. Or if you're REALLY looking for a treat, try a Grapefruit Margarita (just maybe not for breakfast!).
Speaking of treats, we've got one for you this week at Daisy Mae's Market at Findlay Market. With your $15 purchase from 2/21/12–2/24/12, you'll receive 2 free grapefruit. 

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