Did you know that February is National Grapefruit Month? Grapefruits are a nutritious fruit, but they don’t seem to be as popular for families as apples, bananas, and oranges. While this might be due to their reputation of being less sweet and more bitter, we think it’s time for you to give grapefruits another chance. Keep reading to learn about the benefits of grapefruits, as well as some tips for picking the sweet ones!
Grapefruits are packed full of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins C, A, and B, and minerals like potassium, copper, magnesium, and calcium. They contain over half of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C, they are rich in fiber, and they have high antioxidant properties. Additionally, they can prevent kidney stones, aid digestion, and boost metabolism. It’s safe to say that grapefruits pack a nutritious punch!
Eat More Grapefruit!
This month, challenge your family to eat more grapefruit! This may look like introducing your kids to this citrus fruit for the first time, or adding it into your weekly breakfast routine. Grapefruits can be pretty big, so try splitting one grapefruit between the family each day. If each family member gets a slice every day, they are still benefiting from the nutrients!
We know, grapefruits can sometimes be on the bitter side. Did anyone else grow up sprinkling sugar on their grapefruit to make it more palatable? While there’s certainly nothing wrong with a little sprinkle of sugar, you can avoid the added sugar by picking grapefruit that are ripe and ready to eat! Look for a grapefruit that is red in color, with a thin peel. The heavier it feels, the juicier it is. If you follow these tips, you’re more likely to pick a grapefruit that is naturally sweet.