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Monday, February 18, 2013

Clean Eat Education :: 5 Things YOU Should Know About Grapefruit

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With roughly 73% of your daily suggested serving of Vitamin C in just half a grapefruit, there's good reason that this fruit, though often overlooked, has extreme benefits to helping you reach your nutrition goals.


5 Things YOU Should Know about Grapefruit

  1. Grapefruit just may help you kick your metabolism into gear and start burning stubborn fat cells. How you ask? Grapefruit contains flavenoids that help stabilize your blood sugar levels which help you to keep levels intact over greater periods of time and your body functioning at optimum capacity. (Need more to read on metabolism? Check this out!)
  2. Pink and Red Grapefruit has high levels of lycopene, a carotenoid phytonutrient. What's that you ask? Essentially, it fights cell damaging free radicals - a substance very important in preventing/shrinking tumors!
  3. Pectin, a soluble fiber source, found in Grapefruit can help lower cholesterol! Specifically, research has shown that Blonde and Pink Grapefruits lower LDLs (this it the cholesterol you don't want) while Red Grapefruit lowers triglycerides.
  4. Grapefruit can help your skin to look radiant! We have all seen the grapefruit soaps and lotions at the makeup counters and drug store aisles, but have you ever wondered why it works? Because of the lycopene and other nutrients and enzymes found in Grapefruit, you expose your skin to a wealth of damage-fighting power! This means that applied directly to the skin (or eaten regularly), you will see a radiance that you may have not noticed as the Grapefruit helps to repair your damaged skin, including pesky lines and wrinkles!
  5. Ask your doctor before adding grapefruit to your diet! Enzymes found Grapefruit can inhibit the proper absorption of some prescription medications. Do your research! 
Try this simple grapefruit recipe! Do you have a favorite recipe using grapefruit? If so, email it to thegang@heandsheeatclean.com and we will include it in a post next week! (We just need the recipe by 2/25/2013 if you would like it included - we will give you credit... not to worry!)

- Tiffany

3 comments:

  1. Living in AZ they are in season and falling of the trees, so I am eating them like crazy but I think my face is not to happy with me I am getting rashes like crazy. I am drinking lots of water and trying to have one every other day instead of everyday but they are so addictive :)...

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  2. I just came back from South padre with a trash bag full of grapefruit I picked myself. My boyfriend's step dad owns and Orchard. Love me some grapefruit!

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  3. Love Grapefruit! When I was pregnant for my daughter pink grapefruit was my one big craving...we went through bags and bags of them each week....Maybe this was why I only gained 15 lbs during my pregnancy?! I should definetely get in the habit of eating them again!

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