Have Some Grapefruit for Breakfast!

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It’s not a volleyball, it’s a citrus-y wonder.

You know what’s weird? When I watched cartoons as a kid, I recall several instances of characters eating the flesh of a grapefruit with a spoon like cereal from a bowl, but I’ve never seen anyone do that in real life. I know it’s a thing people do, because I’ve seen those grapefruit spoons with the little spikes, but I guess it’s an uncommon thing. Even if you’re not down for eating your fruit like cereal, it wouldn’t hurt to get some more grapefruit in your life, whether it be in solid or juice form.

You get more or less the same benefits from drinking 100% pure grapefruit juice and eating one whole, with the only minor difference being some extra fiber content when eating it. Other than that, consuming grapefruit in any form gives you an absolute bonanza of important vitamins and nutrients. Grapefruit is densely packed with vitamins C and A, even more than fresh oranges. It’s also naturally low in calories, so it’s a great way to meet your daily recommendation of fruit and vitamins without taking in too much food.

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Grapefruit is also home to a particular variety of flavonoids with powerful antioxidant properties. Grapefruit juice is great when you’re not feeling well, as the combination of vitamin C and flavonoids power up your immune system and combat inflammation. The only thing you need to watch out for is certain medicine combinations. Grapefruit’s particular genetic makeup can cause subtle alterations in the enzymes in your body. Normally, this is harmless, but if you’re taking certain medications such as blood pressure regulators, cholesterol controllers, or antidepressants, your body might process them incorrectly. If you’re on one of these medications, talk to your doctor before you go whole-hog on the grapefruit. They may be able to recommend alternate medications that are certified grapefruit-safe.