Next to the orange, grapefruit is one of the most popular citrus fruits in the United States. Known for its combination of bitterness and slight sweetness, this fruit is versatile when in salads, fruit medleys, and other recipes. Perhaps more important is its nutritional profile, which includes disease-fighting antioxidants. Read more about the grapefruit and its potential benefits and side effects.
What Is Grapefruit Exactly, and Where Does It Come From??
Grapefruit Nutrition Facts: Calories, Carbohydrates, and More
What Are the Health Benefits of Grapefruit? A Look at What the Research Suggests
- Effective protein metabolism
- Wound healing
- Collagen?maintenance to reduce signs of premature aging
- Nerve communication and muscle movement
Are Grapefruits Good for Weight Loss?
Common Questions & Answers
What Are the Different Types of Grapefruit?
- Ruby Red
- Paradise Navel
How to Select and Store Grapefruit for the Best Quality and Taste
How to Eat Grapefruit, and Some Recipe Inspiration
If you’re tired of your normal grapefruit routine, check out the recipes below for some inspiration.
- Top this kale citrus salad with roasted nuts or seeds to add a protein boost.
- Avocado adds heart-healthy fats to this grapefruit and avocado spinach salad.
- These glazed salmon tacos are served with a tangy, creamy grapefruit avocado salsa.
- Boost your daily fruit intake with the bananas, oranges, and grapefruits in these winter citrus smoothies.
- Maple syrup adds sweetness and jalapeno adds spice to this healthy grapefruit Paloma mocktail.
Other Uses for Grapefruit: Does the Fruit Have Beauty Benefits?
Potential Side Effects and Health Risks of Grapefruit, Including Medication Interactions
- Anticoagulants/blood thinners (including?warfarin)
- Anxiety medications
- Heart rhythm drugs
- High blood pressure medications
- Organ transplant drugs
Editorial Sources and Fact-Checking
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- Grapefruit. Purdue University Center for New Crops and Plant Products. June 29, 2018.
- Basic Report: 09111, Grapefruit, Raw, Pink and Red and White, All Areas. United States Department of Agriculture. April 2018.
- Vitamin C: Fact Sheet for Health Professionals. National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements. March 2, 2018.
- Youdim A. Diets. Merck Manual.
- Murase T, Misawa K, Haramizu S, et al. Nootkatone, a Characteristic Constituent of Grapefruit, Stimulates Energy Metabolism and Prevents Diet-Induced Obesity by Activating AMPK. American Journal of Physiology, Endocrinology, and Metabolism. August 2010.
- Weight Loss: Feel Full on Fewer Calories. Mayo Clinic. January 20, 2017.
- Essential Oils: Poisonous When Misused. National Capital Poison Center.
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- Grapefruit Juice and Some Drugs Don’t Mix. United States Food and Drug Administration. June 16, 2018.
- Grapefruit and Birth Control. Drugs.com. February 20, 2018.
- Basic Report: 09200, Oranges, Raw, All Commercial Varieties. United States Department of Agriculture. April 2018.