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The Main Squeeze

By: Cathy Christensen
Posted: January 7, 2009, from the January 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

Ring in the new year with this refreshing fruit that is good for your clients in so many ways. The perfect time for a resolution is January, a month that offers the opportunity to adopt more healthy choices for yourself and your clientele. And embracing the benefits of grapefruit, a citrus fruit discovered in Barbados in the 18th century, is a great way to begin.1

The grapefruit was named to reflect the way the fruit is arranged when it grows—hanging in clusters, similar to grapes. Many botanists think the fruit is actually a result of natural cross-breeding between the orange and the pomelo, and Florida, California, Arizona and Texas are all large producers of the fruit. It also can be found in Israel, South Africa and Brazil.1

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Grapefruit is a large citrus fruit that is categorized as white, pink or ruby. It is juicy, tart and tangy with an underlying sweetness, and it is an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, potassium, folate and vitamin B-5, and contains lycopene.1

Long thought to help people lose weight, a recent 12-week study from the Scripps Clinic confirmed that adding grapefruit and its juice to your diet three times a day can increase weight loss. Its flavonoid content also helps fight against free radical damage, which results in aging.2 Grapefruit can be enjoyed alone for a healthy breakfast, as well as in entrees, desserts and salads. And a big glass of grapefruit juice is a low-calorie, nutrient-dense juice choice.3 One detail to note about the consumption of grapefruit: It is important to encourage clients to check with their physicians before consuming grapefruit and its juice because it can make certain pharmaceutical drugs more potent, possibly leading to dangerous results.

As a spa cuisine ingredient, grapefruit is both commonly and uniquely used throughout the industry. Lavish Mobile Day Spa in West Bloomfield, Michigan, offers a spa party menu that features Shrimp Salad with Avocado and Grapefruit, and Wellness Spa in Shanghai includes Steamed Prawns, Cottage Cheese, Pink Grapefruit Salad and Sunflower Seeds in its Nature’s Own spa cuisine lunch. The Spa at the Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Pennsylvania’s Circular Dining Room features duck confit with grapefruit consummé as a specialty dish, and Beef Bresaola with Pink Grapefruit and Fresh Cracked Black Pepper is on the appetizer menu at D’Italia Restaurant at El Dorado Royale spa resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Clover Honey-Glazed Pink Grapefruit graces the dessert menu at Laguna Beach, California’s Studio at Montage Resort & Spa, and check out the recipe for Grapefruit and Shrimp Caesar Salad from registered dietician and spa nutritionist Kathie K. Graham, RD, and Chef Chenel Dorival, Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami.

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