Fight Fat with Grapefruit

Fight Fat with Grapefruit


Discovered amid the tropical shores of Barbados, grapefruits pack a citrusy punch while simultaneously protecting your heart. A study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry revealed that those who ate a grapefruit every day experienced up to a 15% reduction in their cholesterol levels. Although red and white varieties are both great choices, the red variety is about five times more effective than the white at lowering triglycerides, a type of fat that can lead to heart disease.

Even if you’re not worried about your cholesterol and triglyceride levels, grapefruits still offer a host of nutrients that will benefit your whole body. The tart, juicy flesh of red grapefruit packs plenty of vitamin C and lycopene, which helps fight against free radicals. This citrus star also offers a dose of pectin, a form of soluble fiber, which may help clear up fatty deposits in your arteries and keep you feeling full.

When buying this sweet treat at the supermarket, don’t worry about any skin discoloration, because little spots won’t affect the taste. Instead, try to pick the heaviest grapefruit possible, because a higher weight indicates that the fruit has less skin and more yummy flesh. If you’re planning on eating your grapefruits within the week, store them at room temperature for maximum juiciness.

A bonus: Grapefruits give off a subtle, sweet aroma to scent your whole kitchen! Once you’re ready to dig in, eat the grapefruit in the same manner as you would eat its cousin, the orange. You can also cut grapefruits in half and scoop out the flesh with a spoon. No matter how you decide to eat your grapefruit, this tangy treat is bound to have lots of a-peel!