Grapefruit

Grapefruit

Everything you need to know about grapefruits and why our seasonal citrus juice is loaded with it.

Grapefruits are a cross between a pomelo and an orange. They grow in clusters, similar to grapes, which is where they got their name. They have a peel, just like an orange, that protects its fleshy, citrusy, often bitter-tasting fruit. Grapefruits can range in color from white or yellow to pink and red. Grapefruit season starts in September and lasts through April, which is why out of our seasonal juices, the Shauca stays the longest on our menu.

Their juices, peels and pulp provide a variety of nutritional and health benefits. First, grapefruits are low in calories. According to Harvard Medical School, grapefruits have low glycemic index of 25, suggesting that consumption will not significantly affect blood sugar and insulin levels.

Grapefruits are made up almost entirely of water. A total of 92% water to be exact. Due to its high-water content, grapefruits are hydrating. A study was conducted and found that the consuming grapefruit lowers elevated hematocrits in humans. Hematocrit is the ratio of red blood cells to the total volume of blood. The main cause of an elevated hematocrit is dehydration from either heat exhaustion or no available sources of fluids. Grapefruit congestion was found to normalize hematocrit levels.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, grapefruits are classified as a powerhouse fruit and vegetable. Powerhouse foods are defined as “nutrient-dense foods most strongly associated with reducing chronic disease risk.” Grapefruits possess a desirable set of bio-available nutrients and can contribute to fulfilling recommended daily energy intake through food.

Other health benefits to consuming grapefruit include antibacterial and immunity support. Grapefruits are loaded with nutrients like vitamin A and C.

The white flesh between the peel and the flesh of a grapefruit is called pith. According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the pith is rich in antioxidants and soluble fiber. Regular consumption can help lower blood sugar, LDL cholesterol and even reduce your risk of colon cancer.

There are reported links of grapefruits interacting with the body’s absorption of medication. Grapefruit juice contains minerals like calcium which may dampen the effect of antibiotics.