What is the benefit of eating grapefruit and avocado together?

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Judy Caplan
Nutrition & Dietetics

Grapefruit can aid in the absorption of the nutrients in avocado. Pairing sliced avocado with grapefruit sections make a delicious salad. You can also blend avocado, grapefruit juice, cayenne pepper and salt to make a refreshing dressing over fruit. Together grapefruit and avocado slices make a good substitute for French fries or pasta salads.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Grapefruits are great on their own: They’re rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that's been shown to reduce inflammation and prevent cell damage. But when you pair grapefruit with avocado, the avocado’s healthy fats actually help increase lycopene absorption, making it more available for your body to use.

Try eating the grapefruit and avocado combo 1-2 times a week, using about half of each. Incorporate them into your meals by cooking citrus-glazed shrimp tacos with avocado and grapefruit for a zesty, creamy treat, or simply toss them together in a salad.

This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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