For decades, people looking to lose weight have turned to the grapefruit diet in the hopes of burning fat and curbing hunger. The bad news is scientific studies show no proof that grapefruit itself burns fat. But the good news is that grapefruit is a tangy and versatile fruit that you can eat for breakfast, as a side or even as a dessert.
Note: The enzymes in grapefruit can interfere with a number of drugs, including some that lower cholesterol and blood pressure; antibiotics; and some cancer and heart drugs. Talk to your doctor about whether grapefruit is a safe choice if you take any of these medications.
Grapefruit is high in vitamin C, low in calories and can help boost your water intake. Its color variation, from pale orange to vibrant red, makes it a great addition to salads and side dishes. Sprinkle raw sugar and add heat for a sweet and simple breakfast or dessert.
Use any type of grapefruit, from white gold to ruby red.
Yields 2 servings
1 large grapefruit
2 tablespoons raw or turbinado sugar
Turn broiler on high. Slice grapefruit in half and blot heavily with a paper towel to absorb any dripping juice.
Evenly sprinkle sugar on both halves and broil for about 6 minutes, or until sugar begins to caramelize. If you have a small kitchen torch, you could alternately use that for best results.
Remove caramelized grapefruits from the broiler and let cool slightly before serving.
Adapted from PBS Food.