Some love it and some are indifferent to it, but grapefruit juice is one of the most healthy juices you can drink. The plus side is you can add it into other juices to get some of the benefits of the grapefruit without the super bitter taste! Keep reading to see how easy it is to have fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice.
The Benefits Of Grapefruit Juice
Grapefruits are a very healthy fruit to add to your diet. They are full of vitamins and nutrients that our bodies need to survive and thrive. It is full of vitamin C, vitamin A, magnesium, potassium, and so much more!
Grapefruit juice is super hydrating, as well, since much of grapefruit is made up of water alone. So it is a very hydrating juice. It also promotes a healthy immune system because of its high levels of vitamin C much like orange juice.
Some studies have even shown that drinking grapefruit juice may lower your cholesterol. Grapefruits have proven nutrients in them that help with overall heart health!
Grapefruit Juice May Not Be For Everyone
According to HealthLine grapefruit juice can interact with certain medications. If you are taking any medications such as the following, immunodepressents, benzodiazepines, calcium channel blockers, carbamazepine, and some other medications. Always make sure to check with your doctor with you want to add grapefruit juice to your diet if you are on any kind of medications, just to be on the safe side.
Grapefruit juice is also full of citric acid since grapefruits are a citrus fruit. Citric acid can slowly eat away at the enamel of your teeth. If you are prone to sensitive teeth, grapefruits may not be for you since citric acid can cause even more sensitivity.
The bottom line is that grapefruit, while full of great nutrients and vitamins, can have effects, some severe and adverse effects on your health. If you are taking certain medications it is always best to check with a physician before making this an everyday dietary choice.
Different Kinds of Grapefruits and Which Are Best For Juicing
There are quite a few different varieties of grapefruits, for example, this article here will dive into 13 different types!
But what grapefruit variety is the best for juicing? Personally, I think the best variety would be the Ruby Red or any of the pinker grapefruits. They have more of a natural sweetness and less bitterness in the flavor of the fruit. All grapefruit has more of a bitter taste versus a sweet taste, which means all grapefruit juice has as aspect of sourness to it. Personally, I believe the Ruby Red grapefruit to be the most delicious of the variations.
Why Fresh Squeezed Juice?
I love fresh-squeezed juice. I think one of the things I love the most about it is you can control the amount of sugar (if any) that you add to it. Most store-bought juices have a very large amount of processed sugars that go into their drinks.
The reason behind this is because most of these store-bought juices are pasteurized. Pasteurization takes freshly squeezed juice and heats it up to around 110 degrees for about 45 minutes, after which most companies will then add in refined sweeteners. Unfortunately, this process destroys a lot of the great nutrients these juices had to offer in the first place. The pasteurization process is most commonly used because it increases the shelf life of juice for widespread commercial sale in grocery stores.
Making your own fresh-squeezed juice at home is going to mean you’ll consume less processed sugar in your juice. You will also be getting the most nutrients out of the juice since most of your favorite store-bought fruit juices will be pasteurized in some way.
Making Your Own Fresh-Squeezed Grapefruit Juice
Making your own fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice is so easy and could be a new healthy daily habit! All you need is:
- A Grapefruit Squeezer OR a Large Citrus Juicer
- Sugar (Optional)
All you need to do is use either the squeezer or the juicer and you have fresh juice! I personally added a little bit of sugar to mine because these particular grapefruits had quite the bitter taste to them (so a tiny bit of sugar went a long way)!
I bought this citrus juicer years ago and honestly, I love it. I use it all of the time — it is just a glass base with a plastic juicer on top, but it is so useful! This just proves you don’t need the fanciest kitchen gadgets to make amazing recipes!
Although, if you are not so much into the manual labor of juice making there are tons of electric citrus juicers on the market! For example, this one here has a ton of amazing reviews and you can even see how many people use it for grapefruit juice!
What Else Can You Use Grapefruit Juice For?
Well, I am glad you asked. Now of course as we discussed in this whole article about the benefits of grapefruit juice, you may not want to just drink straight juice all day long. Here are some other awesome things you can use grapefruit juice for:
- Alcholic Drinks: Grapefruit Margarita
- Smoothies: Add this juice into your smoothies for an extra antioxidant boost!
- Salad Dressings: Make your own homemade salad dressing using grapefruit juice and a few other simple ingredients!
There are tons of recipes out there that call for grapefruit juice!
The Takeaway On Fresh-Squeezed Grapefruit Juice
Grapefruit juice is a great alternative to other morning beverages and offers amazing health benefits! Always be sure to check with your doctor before adding this to your daily diet since it can interact poorly with some medications. The high amounts of citric acid found in grapefruits can wear down the enamel of your teeth as well as cause higher sensitivity in those who already have sensitive teeth.
But, with all that being said, grapefruit is super high in nutrients and low in calories, so enjoying grapefruit juice once in a while is beneficial for you and tastes great!
Give it a try — you may love it! Sometimes it’s good to switch up our morning routine now and again!
- 3-6 Large Ruby Red Grapefruits
- Sugar (Optional)
- Using whatever method of juicing you prefer, be it, hand press, citrus juicer, or electric juicer juice all of your grapefruits into a pitcher or glass depending on how much you are trying to make.
- One grapefruit made the small glass of juice that is pictured, so even though they seem very large they don't have that much fruit to give off that much juice.
- Now, this is optional, I added a pinch of sugar into mine just because it did have an intensely bitter flavor, but this is completely optional! *
- Enjoy your freshly-squeezed juice however you would like!
- Will keep for a few days in the fridge if you cover it will, just remember like all fresh-squeezed juices to give it a stir before you drink it.
*If you are looking to still keep the sugars and calories low, try stevia! It is a great all-natural sweetener so you can sweeten the juice without adding processed sugar.