The grapefruit is a subtropical citrus fruit, available in several varieties, including seeded and seedless, red, pink and white. Although it can be found in supermarkets all year round, the fruit is at its tart-sweet best in season between winter and spring.
In addition to it’s delicious tangy taste the grapefruit also has a variety of health benefits. Packed with vitamin C (a single portion of grapefruit contains almost three-quarters of your recommended daily intake). As well as helping to prevent everyday complaints like the common cold, vitamin C also helps to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and strokes.
Grapefruits also contain pectin, making it a good source of dietary fibre, and the red and pink varieties contain the antioxidant lycopene, which is one of the best methods of fighting oxygen free-radicals (cell-damaging compounds).
Studies show that a balanced diet incorporating grapefruits leads to lower cholesterol and can improve the body’s metabolism by burning fat more effectively.