Tart and tangy with an underlying sweetness, grapefruit has a juiciness that rivals that of the ever popular orange and sparkles with many of the same health promoting benefits. Although available throughout the year, they are in season and at their best from winter through early spring.
Grapefruits usually range in diameter from four to six inches and include both seed and seedless and pink and white varieties. The wonderful flavor of a grapefruit is like paradise as is expressed by its Latin name, Citrus paradisi.
Rich in the Nutritional Powerhouse Vitamin C
Grapefruit is an excellent source of vitamin C, a vitamin that helps to support the immune system. Vitamin C-rich foods like grapefruit may help reduce cold symptoms or severity of cold symptoms; over 20 scientific studies have suggested that vitamin C is a cold-fighter.
Vitamin C also prevents the free radical damage that triggers the inflammatory cascade, and is therefore also associated with reduced severity of inflammatory conditions, such as asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
As free radicals can oxidize cholesterol and lead to plaques that may rupture causing heart attacks or stroke, vitamin C is beneficial to promoting cardiovascular health.
Owing to the multitude of vitamin C’s health benefits, it is not surprising that research has shown that consumption of vegetables and fruits high in this nutrient is associated with a reduced risk of death from all causes including heart disease, stroke and cancer.
Grapefruit juice is ranked highest in antioxidant activity.
Grapefruit Juice With Papaya And Raspberry
Quantity:200ml(7 fl oz)
150g(5 oz) papaya
150g(5 oz) grapefruit
150g(5 oz) raspberries
juice of 1/2 lime plus slices to serve
2-3 ice cubes
Scoop out the flesh of the papaya. Segment the grapefruit leaving the pith on,and juice it with the papaya, raspberries and lime juice.
Pour into a glass, add ice cubes an decorate with lime slices.
If you want to make a slight new version of the juice, replace grapefruit and raspberries with juice of 2 oranges and 125g(4 oz) cucumber.