The grapefruit it is a fruit rich in vitamins, mineral salts, a great friend of those on a diet. It is a versatile food, to add to your diet in many delicious and healthy ways. Fruit of the tree “Citrus Paradisi“, Member of the family of Rutaceaegrapefruit is actually a very old cross.
The plant is in fact the result of the hybridization between the orange tree and that of the pomelo. But you already know what the benefits and the properties of grapefruit? And how many calories does this fruit contain?
In this article we will find out everything you need to know about this citrus fruit with a yellow or pink color and an unmistakable sour and fresh taste. We will answer some of the most common grapefruit questions, find out which are the benefits and the contraindications to know for those who want to consume this fruit.
Who shouldn’t eat grapefruit?
Grapefruit is considered safe for those who are not taking certain types of medications. According to experts, there are about eighty medicines that cannot be taken together with this fruit. For example, grapefruit (and its juice) can interact with statins
But also with other medicines used to regulate the blood pressurealtering its effectiveness and causing possible even serious side effects.
What is grapefruit good for?
Grapefruit is a source of water, vitamins (especially vitamin C) e sali minerals (especially potassium, calcium, phosphorus, sodium and iron stand out) and is considered a support for the proper functioning of our immune defenses. The fruit also exerts an antitumor action, ha antioxidant effects and is often recommended for lowering cholesterol.
In addition to these beneficial effects, grapefruit also boasts effects:
- Reduces the risk of kidney stones
- Satiating: helps not to gain weight by stimulating the sense of satiety.
The seeds of this fruit – also available in the form of an extract – are instead considered useful for fighting infections caused by bacteria and viruses. L’grapefruit seed extract it is considered a valid natural antibiotic.
How do you eat grapefruit?
The grapefruit flavor it is quite tart and, in its pink variety, slightly sweet. You could add the fruit to your diet by consuming it plain, or you could add it to a fruit salad. The fruit is also well suited for the preparation of detox waters, but it will also be ideal for a different salad than usual, combined with other citrus fruits such as oranges or pomelo.
You can choose to eat the grapefruit with salta little as if it were a cedar, or you could cook grapefruit on the grill, a delicious side dish to accompany your sweet and savory dishes.
Can anyone with high blood pressure eat grapefruit?
Grapefruit is a food rich in mineral salts, among which potassium stands out above all. This makes it an excellent ally for those suffering from high blood pressure (hypertension).
If, however, you are taking blood pressure medications, it will be wise to avoid consuming this food. This particular citrus fruit is in fact known for its ability to alter the absorption and effectiveness of these medicines, with sometimes even serious consequences.
If you intend to add the fruit to your diet, first ask your doctor for advice and inform him about the types of medications you are taking.
What are the contraindications of grapefruit?
It is considered a safe and even beneficial food for health, but it is important not to overlook them contraindications of grapefruit. These mainly concern the consumption of the fruit by those who take certain types of drugs.
Eat the fruit or drink the grapefruit juice it can in fact alter its effectiveness. For example, grapefruit can interfere with the effects of statinsdrugs used to lower cholesterol, or with the warfarin, a blood thinner. The fruit can also influence the effect of some drugs used for the treatment of tumors and that of anxiolytics.
Massive consumption of this fruit is also contraindicated for those who suffer from gastritis.
In general, if you often consume grapefruit or if you drink large amounts of grapefruit juice every day, tell your doctor if you are taking any type of medication or dietary supplement.
When is it best to drink grapefruit juice?
The juice extracted from grapefruit, like the fresh fruit, boasts remarkable beneficial properties. Despite this, when choosing between the two products it will always be better to opt for the whole fruit rather than for a juice purchased at the supermarket. If you prefer this second option, make sure that the product contains only fruit and that it does not have any added sugars.
You can drink grapefruit juice in any time of day. In the morning, before breakfast, it could prove to be a valid help to start the day with the right energy, while before meals it can promote a sense of satiety, thus leading you to eat less.
How many grapefruits can you eat a day?
Consuming 1 or 2 grapefruits per day is considered safe for health. The rule of common sense always applies, even when talking about a beneficial fruit like grapefruit.
The fruit can be eaten whole or added to salads, fruit salads, detox waters and other recipes. You can also choose to drink the juice, preferably prepared at home without adding sugar.
Can anyone who takes cardioaspirin eat grapefruit?
The consumption of this particular fruit should be carefully evaluated by the attending physician if you are taking certain types of medications, such as heart or blood pressure medications. The fruit can in fact affect the efficacy and absorption of the medicine, leading to undesirable effects that can occur even several hours after taking.
Can people with diabetes eat grapefruit?
Grapefruit is an approved fruit in diet for diabetesas it is a food with a low glycemic index (equal to 25). It was also highlighted how eating half a fruit before a meal can reduce the glycemic peak, thus favoring the regularization of glycemia.
If you are not following any drug treatment, you can consume it without any problem even if you suffer from diabetes, always keeping in mind the correct daily portions. If you are taking any medications, talk to your doctor before taking the fruit.
How and when to take grapefruit for weight loss?
The fruit is considered a friend of the diet, as it helps you feel fuller, thus inducing you to eat less. It also has draining and digestive propertieshelps reduce swelling and possesses very little calorie (about 50 calories per 100 grams).
This undoubtedly can favor the weight loss. If you intend to add it to your diet, try consuming to lose weight half a grapefruit before mealsin order to promote the sense of satiety.
Alternatively, you can choose to consume a glass of grapefruit juice homemade a few minutes before you sit at the table.
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