Sunday, February 6, 2011

*~ Glorious Grapefruit ~*

There is a very limited variety of fruits I eat on a regular basis....
I basically only eat fruits that you can just wash and eat.
(I can't cut fruit... idk why it's so difficult.... I've tried learning... but alas one cannot be good at everything....right?)

One of my favorite fruits is Grapefruit.
Happy National Grapefruit Month!!! (yes~ apparently it exists....)

My mom always used to cut me grapefruit with a sprinkle of sugar on it: I'd eat it with my little fruit shaped beveled spoons~ Delicious!
Now that I'm older, I usually eat grapefruit by peeling it, opening the clear skin, and eating it slice by slice. (It can be a little messy, but I like it).

However you may eat it, Grapefruit is a delicious, healthy, ball of sweet and sour goodness!
Here is an article about this fabulous fruit from Bergen Health and Life :

You can find the fruit in three main varieties, categorized by the color of their flesh:
White, Pink/Red, and Star Ruby/Rio Red

* Step aside, OJ: Grapefruit can also help ward off nasty winter colds with its high vitamin C content (just one half of the grapefruit contains 80% of your recommended daily value)
* The fruit is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin B6, potassium, thiamin and niacin, and contains pectin, a form of soluble fiber that may lower cholesterol.
* Not all grapefruit are created equal: The pink and red varieties contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that may play a role in reducing cancer risk, and are more vitamin-rich than the white.
* At just 40 calories for 1/2 a medium-sized grapefruit, there's no doubt this nutrient-packed super fruit is a great option for those watching their weight.

* The fruit thrives in warm, subtropical climates. 
* Luckily, you can purchase grapefruit at your local grocerty store year-round, and right now is the height of the grapefruit season, when they are ripe and contain the most antioxidants, according to research.
* Choose a grapefruit that is glossy, smooth and round, heavy for its size, and steer clear of those with brown or soft spots.
* Store grapefruit at room temperature for up to a week, or in your refrigerator for up to eight weeks.

Grapefruit Beauty Benefits:
Now, it seems juicy grapefruit boosts health and benefits beauty, too.
* Full of vitamin C, grapefruit encourages collagen production for younger-looking, more taut skin.
* Grapefruit is loaded with citric acid, a powerful exfoliator.
* It’s even believed that grapefruit extract can reduce cellulite.
* Oils from grapefruit have a soothing effect on the body, which is why it’s showing up in lotions, scrubs and creams
* Who should avoid it: As an alpha hydroxy acid, grapefruit can be potentially drying or irritating, so it might not be ideal for those with sensitive skin. If you're interested in trying a grapefruit product, first do a patch test. Most people, however, can safely use products containing grapefruit.
* Here are some DIY grapefruit recipes that sound interesting (Although I haven't tried these myself....)

* Named for their tendency to grow in clusters like grapes, these juicy gems were first discovered in the West Indies in the early 1700s. 
* A member of the citrus family, they're believed to be the result of a natrual crossbreeding between an orange and a pomelo.
* We can thank the Spanish for introducing grapefruit to Florida in the 1820s, though they grew grapefruit trees purely for their beauty, turned off by the fruit's slightly bitter taste.
* Today the United States is the world's top grapefruit producer, with about 75% of our country's supply grown in Florida.

So whether you like to peel it, slice it, drink it, or scoop it~ go get some... and enjoy it.
Grapefruit.  It's awesome, sweet, and slightly bitter
(just like me)     ;) 

*~ Have a Beautiful Day! ~*

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