Renowned as a 70s breakfast throwback scientists believe the grapefruit could be hiding a powerful secret

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Image: Grapefruit

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The big ball of breakfast tanginess may have suffered an image crisis in the past (it is rather retro, after all) but the fleshy fruit is no longer looking so sour.


Apparently pint-sized pop star Kylie Minogue has grapefruit (in fruit or juice form) with almost every meal, but a new study published in the journal, Plos One, suggests it could be about to be hailed a new food hero.


The study found that mice (yes, mice) who were given grapefruit juice when eating food high in fat gained less weight than those drinking water – by almost a fifth. Professor Joseph Napoli from the University of California where the study was conducted said: “We see all sorts of scams about nutrition. These results, based on controlled experiments, warrant further study of the potential health promoting properties of grapefruit juice.”


While The British Dietetic Association agrees that more tests need to done on humans, spokesperson Chris Cashin told Homemade: "It has not yet been found that grapefruit helps people to lose weight. It should be eaten as part of a healthy balanced diet." 


Here's how to get into a citrus state of mind.

Sweet tooth

This Raymond Blanc pud is one to impress. The citrus compote works wonderfully with the fragrant jasmine crème caramel. 

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Creme caramel

Photo: Jonathan Gregson


Get your bake on

When Great British Bake Off contestant Richard flavoured his spotty sponge with grapefruit in the semi-finals, it got us thinking: why haven’t we used it in our baking before?

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Smooth operator

This smoothie made with mango, grapefruit and passionfruit will get your day off to a totally tropical start (see a brilliant way to peel a mango here).

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Grapefruit Smoothie

Matthias Rhomberg / CC BY-SA 2.0 / adapted / Flickr: Real Smiley


Get fruity

Fruit and lettuce leaves? No, we haven’t gone mad. The strawberries and grapefruit give a good sweet and sour kick to the greens.

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Grapefruit salad

Caroline Phelps/ CC BY-SA 2.0 / adapted / Flickr: Pickled Plum


Cocktail o’clock

A squeeze of grapefruit will give your margarita a refreshing twist.

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Grapefruit margarita

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