Friday, February 24, 2017

February is National Grapefruit Month
Food and Drug Interactions

Grapefruits come in many varieties. The most popular assortments are red, white, and pink colors. The flavors range from bitter to sweet and tart. The grapefruit was introduced to Florida in the 1820s. Today, most grapefruits are still grown in Florida.
 

Grapefruit is an excellent source of many nutrients and phytochemicals that contribute to a healthy diet. Grapefruit is a good source of vitamin C, which helps support the immune system. It also contains the fiber pectin, and the pink and red colors contain antioxidant lycopene.Lycopene appears to have properties that help fight oxygen free radicals, which are compounds that can damage cells. Studies have shown grapefruits help lower cholesterol, and there is evidence that the seeds have antioxidant properties. 

Storage. If you plan on using grapefruits withing a week, store them at room temperature. If you are planning on using them after a week, store grapefruits in the refrigerator crisper where they will keep fresh for two to three weeks.




Grapefruit Active Lifestyle Meal Plan

Preparing Grapefruits 

1. Grapefruits should be rinsed under cool water before consuming. The peel may contain dirt or bacteria that may reside on the skin's surface.
2. Grapefruits are usually eaten fresh by slicing the fruit horizontally and scooping out sections of the halves with a spoon.
3. To separate the flesh from the membrane you can cut it with a sharp knife, a special curved-blade grapefruit knife, or a serrated grapefruit spoon.
4. If there are seeds, you can remove them with your spoon before you eat the grapefruit.
5. Grapefruits can be peeled with your hands or with a knife. If using a knife, start at the top, make a vertical incision that runs downward and then back up to the top on the other side and then repeat so that there will be four sections of similar size. Be careful to only cut through skin and not into the membrane. The skin can then be peeled back with your hands or with the knife.


How to Peel and Segment a Grapefruit



Grapefruit juice interaction
with drugs can be deadly





References: 
1. Wikipedia. Grapefruit 
2. The World’s Healthiest Foods: Grapefruit.
3. CBCNews. 
Grapefruit juice interaction with drugs can be deadly.
Increasing number of drugs interact dangerously with 'forbidden fruit'
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