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Grapefruit: Natural Weight-Loss Food

Selection and Storage

Grapefruit isn't picked unless it's fully ripe, making selection a no-brainer. However, choose ones that are heavy for their size; they're juiciest. And avoid those that are soft or mushy, or oblong rather than round. They are generally of poorer quality -- possibly pithy and less sweet. The difference in taste among white, red, and pink varieties of grapefruit is minimal; they are equally sweet (and equally tart). Store grapefruit in your refrigerator's crisper drawer; they'll keep for up to two months.

Preparation and Serving Tips

Wash grapefruit before cutting to prevent bacteria that might be on the skin from being introduced to the inside. You might want to bring grapefruit to room temperature before you juice or slice it for better appreciation of flavor.

You don't have to relegate grapefruit to breakfast. Instead of halving and segmenting it, try peeling and eating it out of hand for a juicy, mouthwatering snack. For dessert, sprinkle with a little brown sugar and place it under the broiler until it bubbles.

So to recap, eating grapefruit can benefit weight loss in many ways. Grapefruits are low in calories, low in sodium, high in potassium, and packed with fat-burning enzymes. Grapefruits offer a juicy breakfast treat for anyone looking to eat healthier.

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