What Are the Dangers of Eating Grapefruit?

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Grapefruit can be harmful to certain individuals.
Grapefruit can be harmful to certain individuals. (Image: Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Kitten Fleming)

Although grapefruit can be a healthy option since it contains vitamin C and fiber, it can be harmful to some - especially those taking particular medications. Check with your physician if you are eating grapefruit regularly to make sure it's safe for you.

Fad Dieting

Eating grapefruit frequently to lose weight is a dangerous choice in terms of your health. According to the American Dietetic Association (ADA), no single-food or single-food-group diet can healthfully melt fat away and keep it off.

The grapefruit diet lacks adequate amounts of nutrients.
The grapefruit diet lacks adequate amounts of nutrients. (Image: Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Ollie Crafoord)

Medication Conflicts

Whole grapefruit and grapefruit juice are known to affect the way certain drugs are absorbed in the body and the list of medications is growing, states the ADA.

Certain medications may not work correctly with grapefruit juice.
Certain medications may not work correctly with grapefruit juice. (Image: Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Shutr)

Cancer

According to the National Institutes of Health, grapefruit intake may increase the risk of breast cancer among postmenopausal women. Check with your doctor to see if grapefruit consumption may be harmful to you.

Grapefruit can be linked to breast cancer.
Grapefruit can be linked to breast cancer. (Image: Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Steve)

Irritant

The citric acid in grapefruit (as well as other citrus fruits like lemons and oranges) could cause irritation to the mouth and throat when eaten.

Grapefruit Juice Effect

According to the University of Florida, researchers have documented the so-called Grapefruit Juice Effect, which can increase the absorption of certain drugs and lead to overdoses. Because of this, it would be wise to only take medications with water and avoid eating grapefruit while they are being absorbed.

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