August 13, 2011

Top 20 Power Foods for Diabetes - #3 Red Grapefruit

Red Grapefruit

Sweet, juicy, and delicious, the ruby red grapefruit packs more antioxidant power and possibly more heart benefits than the white grapefruit. In a preliminary 30-day test of 57 people with heart disease, those eating one red grapefruit daily decreased their LDL (bad) cholesterol by 20 percent and decreased triglycerides by 17 percent. In contrast, those eating a white grapefruit reduced LDL by 10 percent with no significant change in triglycerides, compared with a group of people who didn't eat the fruit.

Include the vitamin C-rich grapefruit as a juice, in salads, or by itself. The only way the body can get vitamin C is through food, such as citrus fruits, or supplements.

Grapefruit interacts with certain drugs, including statins and antiarrhythmic medications, so check with your health-care professional.

One serving of a large grapefruit is one half of the grapefruit or 3/4 cup of grapefruit sections.

I am on Crestor and I can eat grapefruit. For a diabetic, grapefruit is a wonderful way to start your day and if you can, I would push you to do so.

This year for my birthday, I am attempting to bake a Grapefruit Cheesecake. I would love to brulee the top using brown sugar over grapefruit supremes.



Grapefruit Cheesecake Tart
makes 1 - 10" tart
* 3/4 cup hazelnut flour
* 2 tablespoons almond flour
* 2 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour
* 1/4 cup honey
* 1 tablespoon Truvia
* 3 tablespoons butter, melted
* 2 bricks 1/3 fat free cream cheese
* 4oz cottage cheese, pureed
* 1 egg or 1/4 cup substitute
* 1/2 tsp vanilla
* 1/4 tsp salt
* 2 tablespoons Truvia
* 1 tablespoon grapefruit juice
* 1 container red grapefruit sections
* Ideal brown sugar

1. In a bowl combine first 5 ingredients. Place in tart pan and press out to sides and up 1/4".
2. Bake crust for 12 minutes in 350F oven.
3. In mixer add cream cheese, cottage cheese, vanilla, egg, Truvia, salt and grapefruit juice. Pour into cooled crust.
4. Bake at 300F for 30 minutes. Leave oven door ajar for 30 minutes more.
5. Remove and chill overnight.

When ready to serve place grapefruit supremes decoratively on top, sprinkle evenly with brown sugar and brulee, either in the broil or with a torch.

Serve immediately.

I used palm sugar for the topping and I should have used regular sugar. It doesn't take all that much sugar (maybe 1 tablespoon for the whole tart) to achieve a crisp coat so next time regular sugar it is.

I wished I had bought a larger bottle of grapefruit sections. The Nudge said this was refreshing and very tasty. I will make it again, but as a full cheesecake, not a tart.

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