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Healthy Recipe: Brown Sugar Broiled Grapefruit

Eating Well - January 13, 2015


We love the idea of fruit for dessert. In this broiled grapefruit recipe, grapefruit halves are topped with spiced brown sugar, caramelized under the broiler then topped with a dollop of vanilla-infused whipped cream. Sound delicious?

Broiled Grapefruit with Brown Sugar – click here for cooking instructions

  • 2 red or pink grapefruit
  • 8 teaspoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon or cardamom
  • 2 teaspoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons nonfat or low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


What’s Great About Grapefruits

If you need more convincing to try this recipe, here just a few health benefits of grapefruits.

They are Heart Healthy. Enjoying one grapefruit a day can help lower “bad” LDL cholesterol levels by 15.5% and triglycerides by 27%, according to a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Health Tip: Deep red varieties pack the biggest punch because they have higher levels of antioxidants.

They Boost Your Metabolism. Consuming more of this citrus can help you lose pounds, compounds in grapefruits aid in fat burning and stabilizing blood-sugar and insulin levels.

Helps Keep Your Skin Healthy. Grapefruit helps keep your skin in top shape. It’s high in vitamin C, essential for producing healthy collagen, a protein that keeps your complexion plump and smooth.

Combine a Healthy Eating with Preventive Health Screenings

The first step in preventive health is to know your personal risk for a particular disease or condition. Consulting with your primary care physician and participating in health screenings are recommended.

Since our inception in 1993, we have screened nearly eight million people, and currently screen nearly one million people each year at over 16,000 screening events nationwide. Through this experience, we often identify serious health issues and have helped save thousands of lives. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality preventive screenings at affordable rates.


10 Comments so far
  1. Charles Cullen - January 19, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Very interesting – that sugar, in any form, would be considered healthy eating!

  2. Walter - January 19, 2015 at 11:28 am

    How sweet it is!
    That’s a major problem with the American diet: craving sweets.
    Try yellow grapefruit with no sugar added. You probably won’t like it because it isn’t very sweet.
    However, if you gradually reduce the amount of sugar you use, you will eventually taste food itself. The less sugar you consume (white or brown) the healthier you will be.

  3. Mary Clinton - January 19, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    I am. Retired RN and grapefruit can interfere with many medications as statins, pain meds heart meds , HIV meds, anti rejection meds and many more! I believe you should write an article or give a warning about the side effects of grapefruit and grapefruit juice with all of these meds!! Thank you!!

  4. Norma Toohey - January 19, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    If Life Screening is greared toward seniors, many of us are
    on a statin. Perhaps a small paragraph of Statin/grapefruit
    interaction would be a service.

  5. Craig Dunkerley - January 19, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    I’m puzzled that you would recommend such a sugar-laced desert as healthy. Likewise for your recommendation of fruit juices which are high in sugar and low in fiber…and most cocoa drinks which have precious little flavanoids.

  6. Ken Brock - January 19, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    What is the rest of the recipe for the brown sugar broiled grapefriut

  7. Karen Jordan - January 19, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Ken: At the top of the article it says “Broiled Grapefrit with Brown Sugar – click here for cooking instructions.”

  8. Henry M. Seamon - January 19, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Just above the ingredients, there is a link saying “click here for cooking instructions”. Shortcut: it will take you to

  9. Doreen B. - January 19, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Click on the name of the recipe: “Healthy Recipe: Brown Sugar Broiled Grapefruit” and it will take you to the complete recipe.

  10. Penny Fuentes - January 20, 2015 at 5:51 am

    Grapefruit is one of my strong “Loves” because I am on blood pressure meds I can’t eat this wonderful citrus fruit. When you CAN’T have something, it makes you want it even more LOL.

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