Grapefruit is the king of snacks

Grapefruit is one of my go-to snacks to combat the afternoon’s energy dip. Here’s why I love it:

  1. No plastic. It’s one of the few fruits you can buy in a supermarket which comes packaged in nothing but it’s own skin.
  2. It’s 92% water. Staying hydrated gives you super powers.
  3. High nutrient : calorie ratio. For less than 40 calories, it contains over half the daily recommended intake of Vitamin C and just under a quarter of the Vitamin A target. It’s also a good source of dietary fibre – but only if you eat the pith!
  4. It can stop you getting a cold. Or speed up your recovery. Vitamin A and C are huge as far as immune boosting goes.
  5. No blood sugar spike. In fact it can send your blood glucose levels down. Which is why it helps with…
  6. Weight lossThis Japanese study proved it. In particular – half of a fresh grapefruit eaten before meals was associated with significant weight loss.
  7. It may play a role in preventing cancer. Due to its high antioxidant level. As found in all citrus fruits – as well as in green tea (which you should drink first thing in the morning) – antioxidants reduce inflammation and stop cancel cells from multiplying.
  8. They last for as long as 3 weeks. If you store them in the fridge. But before eating, warm to room temperature for maximum flavour.
  9. They make you feel fab. OK no science here. Just personal experience.

I ought to note that the NHS advises eating grapefruit can affect some medicines by increasing the level of medicine in your blood.

Disclaimer: Although all my research is thoroughly sourced, I am not a qualified nutritionist. 

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