Can you eat grapefruit when pregnant?

In this article, we are going to answer if you can eat grapefruit when pregnant, what the nutrition content and benefits are, can you drink grapefruit juice, how much grapefruit can I eat, are there any risks, and how to add it to your diet. 

Can you eat grapefruit when pregnant?

Yes, you can eat grapefruit when pregnant. Is one of the best fruits you can eat because of its nutritional value. It has a lot of benefits for mother and the baby. You just need to be careful and not eat it in excess. 

What is the nutrition content of grapefruit?

1 cup, 230 g with juice

%DV
Calories96.6 
CarbohydratesTotal Carbs 24.5 gDietary fiber 3.7 gSugars 15.8 g
Fats0.3 g
Protein 1.8 g 
Vitamin A2645 UI53%
Vitamin C71.8 mg120%
Folate29.9 g7%

Can pregnant women drink grapefruit juice?

Pregnant women can actually drink the grapefruit juice and might stay out of trouble. Just remember, when you drink the juice, you lose almost all the fiber of the fruit and it contains way too much sugar than the fruit by itself. Also, when you buy prepackaged juice, it loses almost all the benefits of the fruit. 

What are the health benefits of eating grapefruit?

Blood sugar management

It has been proven that it has the potential to prevent insulin resistance. When pregnant, hormonal changes can lead to gestational diabetes. Eating grapefruit may help control insulin and reduce the likelihood of becoming diabetic. 

Cholesterol

Fiber and pectin help to keep levels of cholesterol down. Remember, it is not a substitute for medication. 

Blood pressure

Grapefruit is rich in potassium and lycopene, both known for helping to lower levels of pressure and prevent high blood pressure that can lead to two conditions, eclampsia and preeclampsia, that can be very dangerous when pregnant. They can occur almost in 8 percent of pregnant women. 

Weight Maintenance

Because it’s a fruit high in fiber, it promotes fullness and reduces calorie intake. Just by eating a medium-sized grapefruit, you can have more than 2 grams of fiber.

Anemia

Because its high content of Vitamin B can help prevent anemia caused by Vitamin B                          deficiency

Immune system

Because of its high content of Vitamin C, it has been proven to be beneficial for the common cold. Also, it is high in Vitamin A which has proven to protect against inflammation and several infectious diseases.

Insomnia

It has been shown that it helps to alleviate symptoms of insomnia, especially in the last trimester, especially if consumed before bed. 

Swelling

Vitamin C and bioflavonoids in grapefruit can reduce swelling in the last trimester. 

Morning sickness

It has been proven that its sweet-sour taste can help improve morning sickness, it can help get rid of nausea and its fiber can help the stomach to settle. 

How much grapefruit can I eat when pregnant?

You can eat up to two grapefruits per day or 8 ounces of grapefruit juice. Remember, it is better to eat the whole fruit. 

What is the risk of eating grapefruit when pregnant?

  • If you eat too much you can increase your glucose levels. You should try to eat it always with some protein or fats. For example,
YogurtAlmond Butter
CheeseCooked ham
AlmondsNuts
  • According to the FDA, grapefruit and grapefruit juice interact with some medication.
  • Zocor (Simvastatin) 
  • Lipitor (atorvastatin)
  • Procardia and Adalat CC (nifedipine)
  • Neoral and Sanimunne (nifedipine)
  • Buspar (buspirone)
  • Entocort EC and Uceris (budesonide)
  • Pacerone and Cordarone (amiodarone)
  • Allegra (fexofenadine)
  • You should not take grapefruit extract, there has not been any research to know if it is safe. 

How can I add grapefruit to my diet?

You can eat the fruit as a snack accompanied always with some protein to keep your glucose low or you can add it to some salads. Here I will give you some recipes to add grapefruit to your diet. 

Pink Grapefruit and Avocado Salad 

  • 2 medium grapefruits
  • 1 teaspoon grated grapefruit zest
  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 medium avocados, sliced
  • pinch of salt 
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • Freshly grounded pepper
  • Chervil leaves, for garnish

Put the grapefruit cut in a bowl, with no skin

Add zest, shallot, olive oil, and vinegar, let it stand for 10 minutes

Season the avocado with salt and arrange it in a  bowl with the grapefruit sections. Add the dressing and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Garnish with the chervil and serve. 

Conclusion

In this article, we answered the question if you can eat grapefruit when pregnant, what the nutrition content and benefits are, whether you can drink grapefruit juice or not, how much grapefruit can I eat, if there are any risks, and how to add it to your diet. 

Citation

https://parenting.firstcry.com/articles/eating-grapefruit-in-pregnancy-health-benefits-risks-and-more/

https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1905/2

https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/grapefruit-juice-and-some-drugs-dont-mix

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.