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A TRIP IN THE WAY BACK MACHINE – “THE GRAPEFRUIT DIET”

Fads and All

If you over 50, you are likely old enough to remember a diet fad that was incredibly popular in 70’s:  The “Grapefruit Diet”.   If you do a little research, you will learn that it was actually originally created in the ’30s, but it came back with a vengeance in the ’70s.   Grapefruit diets, Saturday Night Fever, shag haircuts (ugh – that’s a trend I think I would rather FORGET!!!) – what a decade!

There Really Are No Short Cuts (DARN!)

So… what exactly was this grapefruit diet?  The diet involved eating half a grapefruit (or 4 ounces of 100% grapefruit juice) before every meal.  Breakfast usually consisted of two eggs and two pieces of bacon, while lunch included protein with a salad and dressing. Dinner was meat and veggies.  Basically, it was a low-carb diet.   And while who can begrudge a tangy, refreshing fiber-filled grapefruit (4 grams per fruit – not bad) back then there was wide speculation that grapefruit has an enzyme that burns fat.  This speculation, as it turned out, has long since been proven to be wrong. 

Fresca Hits the Scene (Est. 1966)

My grandma always had Fresca …  I remember it as being grapefruit (turns out it was – IS grapefruit soda!).  My mom rarely bought soda pop for us kids, so Fresca was always a treat.  I remember as a kid thinking there was something especially refreshing about that tart slightly sweet taste.  I wouldn’t have been able to articulate it then, but I always knew there was something different with Fresca than with the standard lemon-lime soda.  Lemon line was syrupy sweet, but Fresca had a bite – a little tart, a little sweet.  Definitely more interesting.

A Grapefruit Diet Plan I Can Get Behind

It’s the 2020’s now (is there a more official name for this decade???) and the trends are different though some seem to be coming back for an encore like tie dye, ruffled tiered dresses and the like. 

In this decade I’ve had the good fortune of being introduced to Sanpellegrino Pompelmo soda.  I don’t know if it is my rich Italian American heritage or what exactly, but I really like this drink.

Bursting with the tart flavors and aromas of fresh grapefruit, Sanpellegrino Pompelmo is refreshing to the palate with a delightful balance of tart and sweet.  A sip starts sweet but ends bittersweet, with a lingering taste of juicy squeezed grapefruit that dances across your tongue.   When I spent a month in Italy about 15 year ago, my relatives would ask at the end of a meal “sazio?” (which roughly translated means “are you satisfied”?  The polite response was “molto sazio” or yes, I am very satisfied.  Well – when I drink a bubbly, ice glass of Sanpellegrino Pompelmo I’ve got just one thing to say:  Molto Sazio!

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