Wednesday, December 2, 2009

All Natural Wednesday: Grapefruit=Superfruit

Alright, alright...

There are a lot of stigmas associated with Grapefruits. And truth be told, they've gotten a bad wrap for a long time.

No More!!

Give a grapefruit a chance this week. They are one of nature's superfruits and if eaten correctly, are actually really tasty and refreshing.

Here's how you do it:

Cut one grape fruit in half between the stem and end of the fruit.

Next, with a small pairing knife, cut between the fruit segments, but be careful not to cut through the skin.

Then, cut along the skin between the segments.

Top with a spoonful of sugar, or a packet of equal or similar substitute. Place in a small bowl and use a small spoon to pull out the segments and eat. When all the segments are out, squeeze whats left into the bowl and drink the remaining juice. It will be sweetened by the sugar or substitute and is really refreshing.

Still not convinced? Here are some tastey facts:

-Half of a grapefruit provides all the vitamin C the body needs for one day and is an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, potassium, folate, vitamin b-5 and Lycopene. (Folate for heart health, b-5 for Seratonin production, Lycopene is a potent antioxidant)
-Grapefruits come in many colors, such as yellow, pink, white or ruby.
-Grapefruits flavonoid content helps fight against free radical damage, which results in aging.
-Pomelos, or Chinese grapefruits are the largest citrus fruits.
-A Frenchman, Count Odette Phillipe, planted the first grapefruit trees in Florida in 1823. Today, Florida produces about one third of the world's grapefruit.
-Some mature grapefruit trees can yield up to 1,500 pounds of fruit in a season.
(Thanks Skin Inc. January 2009 issue, "The Main Squeeze"... and Thanks Sean for teaching me how to eat them!)

Hungry yet? You know what to do! Have a nice fruity snack, and a wonderful week!

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