I love grapefruit, always done. As a teenager it was always a bit hit and miss whether I had time for breakfast before rushing to the last possible bus, I could catch myself to get to school on time, which usually meant a quick slurp of black coffee and a slice of toast and marmite on the way!
However, on weekends I generally had time for fresh grapefruit. Even then, I preferred raw and sugar-free – and not just because I was aware of the metabolism-enhancing properties and tried to lose weight! No hassle about putting brown sugar under the grill like the whim at the time. At the time, the only variety available was the white one.
It is only in recent years, with my preference for home-made muesli and, later, juice, that this juicy, spicy and beneficial fruit quietly disappeared from my breakfast menu.
This all changed when a beautiful ruby red grapefruit appeared in my organic vegetable box last year. (They are slightly stronger, the pink is a little sweeter) I waited and waited to get it. I wanted to enjoy it. It was so droolingly juicy and worth the wait.
The next time I decided to press it. Recipe below.
It has long been known that the nutritional value of grapefruit is good for a healthy heart and for lowering blood pressure. A diet with fresh red grapefruit has beneficial effects on lipid levels in the blood, especially triglycerides.
But grapefruit has many health benefits. The high vitamin C content in fresh grapefruit helps with the absorption of iron and calcium and also helps to unblock the lymphatic system. The salicylic acid in grapefruit helps remove inorganic calcium deposits that form in articular cartilage.
Grapefruit helps curb hunger, prevent cancer and is good for the skin. It also helps prevent the accumulation of fat in the liver.
A glass of grapefruit juice per day is especially beneficial in the colder months to help prevent colds and viruses.
(Pink and red Grapefruit have slightly higher antioxidant levels than the white ones.
Here is a tasty, healthy juice combining heart-healthy fruits and vegetables with lots of vitamins A and C. The apple and celery in this juice help improve kidney function. Beetroot helps with blood circulation and lowering blood pressure. Ginger is a great anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiviral ingredient that helps to prevent colds and can reduce the symptoms of chronic degenerative diseases.
Heart-healthy Wake Juice
All ingredients are organic.
NB There must also be a small piece of ginger root.
Peel a small one Orange and a half grapefruit with as much spice as possible, this is where all micronutrients live.
Scrub the carrots, cucumber, small slice of ginger root (no idea why it is missing in the photo!) and 2 small Chioggia beetroot but keep the skin on (you can substitute regular beetroot that is a bit stronger). Was the apples and hold the peel. Was the celerysave them leaves On.
Start with an apple and finish with an apple during pressing to get the most out of the softer fruit.
Add ice if you like it and if it won't cool you to your marrow! (Write this on a chilly fall morning).
Note: Some medicines interact with grapefruit, so consult your doctor or pharmacist. Grapefruit contains a compound that disrupts the breakdown of certain drugs, which means that there may be a build up and possible response.
Copyright: Chris McGowan