Diabetes food news, Making Carbs Count, nutrion of grapefruit

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Bright yellow, or

blushing to pink,

grapefruits are at their

best during Britain's

colder months. They

are easy to peel and full of vitamins. Part

of the citrus family, grapefruit is part of the

citrus family and grows in clusters on the

tree, like grapes - this is said to be where

the name originates. Grapefruits come in

a variety of colours including yellow, pink

and red, and they have a variety of tastes

from sweet to sour*. The sourer end can

take a bit of getting used to, unless you

like that kind of thing.

Low in calories, fat and protein, there's

an amount of carbs, as per any fruit and

also a considerable whack of vitamin C,

too. Grapefruit is said to aid weight loss

- try having half a grapefruit before each

meal, or failing that then just scratch the

skin of one and take a good long sniff.

Inhaling fresh citrus smells is believed to

improve mood, and may supress appetite.

It can be eaten on its own, but is

great added to salads - already juicy,

simply serve with some olive oil or French

dressing with salad leaves. It goes well

with shrimp and prawns too, so bung

some of those in, and maybe chuck in

some coriander (a herb that splits people;

some love, some hate). Surprisingly, it can

benefit from a brief roast. Anyone winter

barbequing can slice then quickly scorch

before serving; it will slightly caramelise

and therefore sweeten with that touch of

fire.

Nutrition of grapefruit

Per 100g: 40 calories, 10g carbs, virtually zero fat or protein, 2g dietary fibre, 52%

recommended daily amount (RDA) Vitamin C, 23% Vitamin A, and 5% Vitamin B-6.

There are other fruits somewhat similar

to grapefruits, so don't confuse them with

yuzu (citrus junos), the small Chinese or

Korean-grown fruit that looks like a small

grapefruit but has a bumpy skin. This is

often used in Japanese cuisine, where it

forms the basis of ponzu sauce. Yuzu's

flavor is also tart, and similar to that

of grapefruit but with hints of orange,

and has a strong smell. Also not to be

confused with the pomelo (Citrus maxima

or Citrus grandis), is the largest citrus fruit

and look slike a big grapefruit with a much

thicker rind. It tastes like a sweet, mild

grapefruit and is believed to be a hybrid

of Citrus maxima and the orange.

NOTE: Grapefruit juice can affect some

medicines, including statins, so seek

advice if you're likely to want to indulge in

some. To read more from the NHS about

how grapefruit can affect medicine,

click HERE.

Sources: *BBC Good Food, Wikipedia,

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