Is it safe to ship grapefruit to a diabetic?
Some people’s faces still cringe and scrunch up because they find grapefruit bitter and too acidic for their liking, but everyone knows that the numerous Texas grapefruit varieties (white grapefruit, pink grapefruit and red grapefruit) are packed with vitamins and minerals that help the body fight off diseases.
The Grapefruit is a superfruit with numerous health benefits including: decrease risk of developing kidney stones, boost metabolism and promote weight loss, fight gum disease, lower cholesterol and reduce heart disease risk, stimulate the immune system and help control blood sugar levels. These health benefits are brought on by the nutrients found in grapefruits like vitamin C and A, anti-oxidants, potassium, protein, magnesium, calcium, dietary fiber and more. The pink and red grapefruit, like ruby red grapefruit, have higher beta-carotene levels and also contain lycopene and other anti-oxidants.
Diabetes and Grapefruit
Of the many health benefits of grapefruits we would like to focus on its ability to control blood sugar levels, reduce insulin resistance, and its role in preventing diabetes.
- Grapefruit has high water content. It is actually 92 percent water and has low glycemic index (25) which means it does not raise blood sugar as fast as other food with a high glycemic index.
- Consuming white and sweet grapefruit varieties has the potential to inhibit insulin resistance – this happens when the cells inside our body stop responding to insulin or the hormone responsible for controlling the blood sugar level. Reduced sensitivity to insulin can lead to diabetes.
- Eating sweet grapefruit can help control the insulin level in your body. Lower insulin translates to lower blood sugar level and less chances of acquiring type 2 diabetes.
- Drinking grapefruit juice has many benefits. However, keep in mind that you are removing the pith, pulps and other important parts of the fruit so you lose some of the benefits you get when you eat the whole fruit. Furthermore, grapefruit juice may cause your blood sugar to rise if it contains added sugar. Buy 100 percent juice product without any sugar and drink no more than 6 ounces per day.
- Calories in a grapefruit: 74
Grapefruits contain many substances that are supposed to be good for the body but they somehow react differently with certain medications.
Eating or drinking grapefruit juice together with certain medications for diabetics, like statins and blood cholesterol-lowering medicines, may cause some issues as grapefruits contain substances that restrict the enzyme in the body that metabolizes some medicines. So, if you consume grapefruits while taking some medications, your body might not be able to break down the medicine. Consult your doctor.
Medications that are likely to interact with grapefruits are immunosuppressants, Benzodiazepines, calcium channel blockers, Indinavir, Carbamazepine or statins, This does not mean that grapefruits reacts adversely with all drugs in these categories – some interact while some do not. Contact your physician or pharmacist to get information on food-drug interactions for all the medicines you take and ask of you need to adjust the dosage of your medication appropriately.