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Beaumont Food of the Month: Grapefruit

Food of the Month - GrapefruitGrapefruit is more than a beloved breakfast staple; it’s a genuine superfood! These tangy citrus fruits are in season from winter through early spring, and offer plenty of tart juice with just a hint of sweetness.  There are lots of varieties of grapefruit; seeded, seedless, red, pink – even white!

Eating just one half of a standard grapefruit (approximately 120 grams) will provide an impressive 64% of your daily value of calcium. Red and pink grapefruit also offer the antioxidant lycopene, a carotenoid phytonutrient with cancer-fighting properties. Grapefruit has also been proven to reduce blood levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. Juice it, pickle it, bake with it – or enjoy this low-calorie treat all on its own!

Nutritional information

  • Grapefruit (1/2 fruit)
  • Calories: 52
  • Fat: 0.2 (0%)
  • Cholesterol: 0
  • Potassium: 166 g (4%)
  • Total Carbohydrates: 13 g (4%)
  • Protein: 1 g (2%)
  • Vitamin A: 28%
  • Vitamin C: 64%
  • Calcium: 2%
  • Magnesium: 2%
  • Iron: 0%

How to cook with grapefruit

Though often enjoyed alone, grapefruit is a versatile fruit that complements many types of dishes. Consider using grapefruit juice or peel in the place of other citrus fruits – like oranges or lemons – in your cooking or baking.

Try a few of these recipes:

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Orange you glad you asked | Drug interactions with grapefruit and other citrus fruit

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Our guest blogger, Jassu Dulai, Pharm.D., Drug Information Pharmacy Specialist, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, talks about a recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal saying the number of common prescription drugs that can interact badly with grapefruit is climbing.

When most of us pick up a medication from the drug store, we are not usually thinking about how certain foods or drinks may interact with it, especially when those foods are considered healthy.  A recently published study found that grapefruit juice can interact with more than 80 prescription drugs taken by mouth. What other foods/drinks should you be paying attention to?

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