Home Care in Monticello FL
They may be a breakfast cliché, but did you know that grapefruit can actually be a highly beneficial element of your senior’s diet? Grapefruit is a cross between an orange and a pomelo, two fruits that can combine to create a wide range of flavor experiences, from bitter and acidic to extremely sweet and juicy. While delicious, the benefits of grapefruit go well beyond just being a tasty addition to your breakfast. February is Grapefruit Month, the perfect opportunity for you to find out more about the potential health benefits of this delightful citrus and find more ways to integrate it into your elder care routine with your aging parent.
Some of the potential health benefits of eating grapefruit include:
• Weight loss. A 12-week study following four groups researched the impact on grapefruit on weight loss. Participants who ate half a fresh grapefruit before each meal lost the most weight out of the groups, while those who consumed grapefruit capsules also lost weight. These groups also experienced improved insulin response in the two hours after consuming the fruit.
• Reduced stroke risk. The American Heart Association notes that compounds found in citrus fruits can be highly effective at reducing risk of experiencing ischemic stroke, especially in women. Consuming grapefruit regularly can reduce this risk by as much as 19 percent.
• Lowering blood pressure. Research shows that grapefruit are a good source of potassium, which can help to lower blood pressure by dilating the arteries. Potassium also further reduces stroke risk and can even help to reduce the chances of developing painful kidney stones.
• Reduced cancer risk. The presence of free radicals throughout the body are linked to the development of cancer. Grapefruit, particularly the ruby red variety, is high in antioxidants, particularly vitamin C. These antioxidants fight the free radicals throughout the body, lowering the risk of developing several types of cancer. Grapefruit is also high in lycopene and beta-carotene, both of which are also linked to reduced cancer risk.
With all of these potential benefits to consuming grapefruit, you will want to find more ways for your aging parent to enjoy more in your regular routine.
Try some of these delicious ideas:
• Go for a classic way to enjoy this fruit by having half a fresh grapefruit sprinkled with a little sugar. The sugar will help to cut the acidity and sourness in the fruit and bring out the natural sweetness.
• Make fresh juice and enjoy it straight from the grapefruit, or blend it with the juice of other citrus fruits for a layered flavor experience and extra health benefits.
• Trade the lemon juice in your usual homemade salad dressing for grapefruit juice to create a new flavor experience.
• Combine olive oil and grapefruit juice and use it to shellac fish such as salmon before grilling. This adds a sweet and tart layer to the flavor of the fish and also helps to remove some of that fishy smell from your kitchen while cooking.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Monticello, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.
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