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Pink grapefruit, rich in vitamins and minerals, sweeter and more pleasant than its yellow cousin, it is a fruit that must be consumed with full knowledge of the facts. It does not take a degree in medicine, agriculture or food science but it is necessary to be informed about its properties and contraindications that he carries with him.
Its flavor, despite being more diluted than that of yellow grapefruit, not always liked by everyone but in recipes it can be a precious ingredient, excellent even in simple recipes juice, in cocktails, alcoholic or not, or in fruit salads and salads. Let's see, however, what benefits this fruit has and when it is better not to eat it.
Pink grapefruit: the fruit and the plant
The plant of the pink grapefruit is a hybrid between that of the grapefruit variety Citrus maxima and the one that produces the orange of the variety Citrus sinensis. The fruit is the pink version of its “classic” yellow counterpart, neither larger nor smaller and identical to the touch. As we will see in a few lines, the Pink grapefruit it is considered an excellent digestive but also has a diuretic, disinfectant and stimulating effect on the digestive system, and is finally able to stimulate the liver, kidneys and intestines.
Pink Grapefruit: calories and nutritional values
Before knowing in more depth the properties of the Pink grapefruit it is good to know what we eat when we eat it. I refer to the fact that, for example, compared to yellow, it is richer in sugars and also in anthocyanins and carotenes, in particular lycopene.
One ounce of grapefruit contains about 32 Kcal, but not only: 90 grams of water, 0.63 g of protein, 0.1 of fat, 8 of carbohydrates and 1.1 of fiber. As for C vitamin, there are 34.4 mg. An important element contained in the Pink grapefruit is lycopene, considered a powerful antioxidant.
Pink grapefruit: properties
Particularly useful to the liver detoxification, as well as to reduce LDL cholesterol, the Pink grapefruit it is also often recommended for the prevention of some cancers. It is not always a "good" fruit, however: as I anticipated, before making a feast of it, it is good to know the contraindications.
Among its many properties, it also has that of interfere with certain types of drugs, for example with anti-cholesterol ones, and in some cases even a small portion is enough to pay for this negative effect. Even for those suffering from gastritis, the Pink grapefruit it is not recommended, it is not serious to eat it but it certainly does not help to get better.
Pink grapefruit: benefits
L'plenty of vitamin C is certainly one of the most obvious benefits of consuming Pink grapefruit, a single fruit yields about 70/80 mg of this precious vitamin as well as good doses of vitamins A and group B. It is not only this, however: in the wedges, or in the juice, of our citrus there are also many fibers, precious mineral salts such as potassium and antioxidants.
We will see that it is also recommended for weight loss, even if it does not work miracles, and combined with other good habits such as sipping green tea, helps reduce the risk of prostate cancer, as do tomatoes and melon. If placed in comparison with yellow, the Pink grapefruit is more proficient in reduce cholesterol levels and blood triglycerides.
Pink grapefruit: recipes
With the heat still on her heels, here's one refreshing recipe and easy, refreshing and light: Pink grapefruit and mint, to be sipped in the company of energizing people like this fruit, otherwise the effect is inevitably reduced. Let's get 800 ml of water and 200 ml of pink grapefruit juice, some fresh mint leaves and if we really want a little brown sugar, if we consider grapefruit too bitter.
Boil the water with fresh mint in a saucepan, remove everything from the heat, add the sugar if desired, and add the juice. When it's not too hot, we pour the mix into one transparent jug putting it in the fridge. When nice friends call, we can serve it with elegant mint leaf trimmings: in addition to being thirst-quenching, this drink increases the immune system and certainly does not make you fat, rather.
Pink grapefruit for weight loss
The legend of the Pink grapefruit slimming is a legend, like all those who praise the properties of a single food as if just eating it could make you lose weight. It is obvious that it is necessary to adopt a diet and one 360 degree healthy lifestyle, and don't eat a grapefruit, or just grapefruit, not care about the rest.
Of course, this fruit is recommended in diets and let's see why: first of all it is very rich in fiber, it satisfies a lot and helps to drain liquids. Containing phenylalanine, it reduces the absorption of food and the sense of hunger, for example, if we eat it after meals, it helps digestion. For those who want to know more, there is an article dedicated to "Grapefruit diet", obviously not just grapefruit.
You may also be interested in our related article: Mapo or Tangelo: fruit, properties and calories.
Pink grapefruit in pregnancy
One of the fruits recommended in pregnancy is the Pink grapefruit and this time its hypothetical slimming power has nothing to do with it. Instead, it should be consumed in this phase because it is rich in vitamins, fiber, and mineral salts, such as calcium, sodium, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium and flavonoids.
Furthermore, the high content of phenylaline means that this food has a antiseptic and antibiotic action against numerous strains of bacteria, viruses, molds and fungi. It is not negligible, the flavor, often more pleasing compared to that of traditional grapefruit.
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