What's Great About Grapefruit
Oh my grapefruit!
Yes, grapefruit really does curb hunger. And that’s just one of its many benefits.
Protects your heart
Oatmeal isn’t the only heart-friendly breakfast: Enjoying one grapefruit a day can help lower "bad" LDL cholesterol levels by 15.5% and triglycerides by 27%, according to a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Deep red varieties pack the biggest punch because they have higher levels of antioxidants, says Shela Gorinstein, PhD, the lead researcher in the study. Grapefruit does increase the potency of some prescription drugs, so check with your doc before you dig in.
Smooths your rough skin
Use this citrus star to get rid of dark patches on your knees and elbows. "Grapefruit is loaded with vitamin C, a mild acid, which helps fade spots by reducing excess production of skin pigment," says Jessica Wu, MD, a Los Angeles–based dermatologist.
Cut one in half, sprinkle on a teaspoon of sugar (a mild exfoliant), and rub over your skin. Skip your face, though—grapefruit can irritate a sensitive complexion.
Boosts your metabolism
What's the recipe for weight loss? It may be this kale salad. The star ingredient is grapefruit, one of the top superfoods for weight loss. Watch the video to see Health food director Beth Lipton explain the science behind this amazing recipe. Get the recipe: Raw Kale, Grapefruit, and Toasted Hazelnut Salad
A green cleaner
Just juiced your fruit? "Use the extra pulp and rind to spruce up your bathroom," says Amy Todisco, author of Organic Food on a Budget. Dip the juiced half in a plate of sea salt, and then rub the grapefruit all over your bathroom fixtures, squeezing any leftover juice out as you go.
The citric acid in the fruit dissolves dirt and grime; the salt disinfects and scours. After scrubbing, rinse everything away.
Grapefruit helps keep your skin in top shape. "It’s high in vitamin C," says Jessica Wu, MD, "essential for producing healthy collagen, a protein that keeps your complexion plump and smooth." Aim to eat one grapefruit a day, Dr. Wu advises.