The grapefruit it is native to China, but is now grown in areas with a temperate climate around the world. From its peel are obtained essential oils used mainly for them antidepressant power and the ability to increase immunitary defense. There are several varieties of grapefruit. The most common are Citrus maxima, Citrus decumana and Citrus grandis. It belongs to the Rutaceae family. Let's find out better
> 1. Properties and benefits of grapefruit
> 2. Calories and nutritional values of grapefruit
> 3. Ally of
> 4. Curiosities about grapefruit
> 5. A recipe up your sleeve
Properties and benefits of grapefruit
Full of fibers, of flavonoids and vitamin A, B e C, grapefruit is a valid ally of liver and the cardiovascular system. It contains a good amount of mineral salts, including phosphorus, calcium, potassium and magnesium.
Grapefruit stimulates digestion, so it is recommended to take it at the end of a meal or even at the beginning of a meal. Its "slimming" properties are also known, as it accelerates the transformation of fats into energy; it also helps reduce insulin levels in the blood.
A grandmother's remedy recommends adding a teaspoon of grapefruit to a cup of bitter coffee to combat the headache.
According to several recent scientific studies, grapefruit would be able to inhibit or, on the contrary, increase the action of some drugs. Some of the flavonoids contained in grapefruit can, in fact, perform a double activity: if on the one hand they reduce the coenzymes used for the metabolization of drugs in the intestine, on the other they block the action of the enzyme OATP1A2, whose action is fundamental, instead , for drug metabolism.
The seeds of grapefruit they have antibacterial properties and help fight the cystitis.
Calories and nutritional values of grapefruit
100 g of grapefruit contains 26 kcal / 107 kj.
Furthermore, for every 100 g of this product, we have:
- Water 91,2 g
- G carbohydrates 6,2
- Sugars 6,2 g
- 0,6 g protein
- Total fiber 1,6 g
- Sodium 1 mg
- Potassium 230 mg
- Iron 0,3 mg
- Calcium 17 mg
- Phosphorus 16 mg
- Vitamin B1 0,05 mg
- Vitamin B2 0,03 mg
- Vitamin B3 0,2 mg
- Vitamin A traces
- Vitamin C 40 mg
Grapefruit, ally of
Liver, heart, stomach.
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Curiosities about grapefruit
Il pink grapefruit it is a hybrid and derives from the fusion of orange and traditional grapefruit. The taste is less bitter and the skin thinner, but it is different above all in the composition and therefore in the properties. In fact, it contains less vitamin C and more sugars.
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A recipe with grapefruit
Have you ever used grapefruit to prepare a fresh and light first course? For four people you need:
- 350 grams of rice,
- the juice of 1 grapefruit,
- the peel of two grapefruits,
- an onion,
- vegetable broth,
- extra virgin olive oil,
- black pepper.
Prepare the vegetable broth, fry the onion in a little olive oil and toast the rice; add the juice of a grapefruit and cook the rice with the vegetable broth, seasoning with salt. When cooked, add the grated peel of two grapefruits, the finely chopped parsley and black pepper.
Properties, use and contraindications of grapefruit essential oil
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