Eat a rainbow - grapefruit

Please note- If you are on any medication please check with your doctor before eating grapefruit as grapefruit can lead to detrimental interactions. However, there are still many other yellow fruits and vegetables for you to enjoy.

We are always being told to 'eat a rainbow' that is different coloured fruit and vegetables and there is a good reason for this.  Different coloured fruit and vegetables have different antioxidants, vitamins and minerals so by eating a variety, you are taking steps to boost your wellbeing.

Grapefruit is in season right now - did you know that they get their name because they grow in clusters like grapes?  They grow all year round but the best, from Florida and Texas are available from November to June. Grapefruit are at their sweetest right now in late winter /early spring.

Grapefruit is a citrus fruit so that it is bursting with vitamin C which helps keep your skin healthy and elastic, your immune system, heart and eyes in tip top condition and can help lower high blood pressure.  The fruit is also rich in potassium which also helps maintain blood pressure at a healthy level, reducing the risk of strokes.  It is low calorie and does not cause blood sugar spikes so it can help prevent obesity, which in turn reduces the risk of diabetes. Added to this, it is a source of vitamin A which keeps mucus membranes healthy and also fibre.

Try using grapefruit and orange segments and a little stevia if you wish, for a breakfast fruit salad.

Other yellow fruits and vegetables in season right now include lemons, bananas (Windward Island), and yellow turnip (swede).   Sweetcorn is not in season just now but frozen is a good alternative and honeydew melon and yellow peppers are available in supermarkets all year.

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