How Do You Grapefruit?

By Sheryl Lynn Carvajal

The Friedman course “Health Claims and Food Industry” delves into public policy and industry tactics. Produced by students for the Florida Citrus Commission, find out just how versatile this juicy, red fruit can be. I enjoy it best by sprinkling sea salt on it! #HowDoYouGrapefruit?

It’s that time of year again, when the streets of Boston and the cars of the “T” start filling up, and the new school year draws near.

During the past harsh and very long winter, I thought summer would never come. But alas, these last few months, summer was in full swing with plenty of sunshine and glorious temperatures in the 70s and 80s.

imgres-4Lounging around at the beach, enjoying a day on the boat, or singing along to “Sweet Caroline” during the 7th inning stretch at a Red Sox game in Fenway Park are all things that may come to mind when we think of this season. But naturally, as a nutrition graduate student, I know I’m not the only one who gets excited about summer fruits and vegetables.

In light of the end of summer and the dawn of fall, we take a look back at a certain grapefruit video that made waves on the Facebook pages of Friedman students last year. Dr. Jim Tillotson’s Health Claims and Food Industry course (NUTR 226) is offered in spring semesters at Friedman. Students learn about public policy surrounding health claims on food packaging, and hear from several representatives from food industry companies such as PepsiCo, the Federal Trade Commission, Monsanto, and General Mills. Students were also divided into groups to complete projects for Massachusetts General Hospital, Nestle USA, Mars, and the Florida Citrus Commission.

Friedman graduates Callie Herron, Tristan Kaiser, and Zoe Schweitzer, and second-year Friedman student, Michelle Pearson produced a student-starring video on the versatility of grapefruit.  They asked several Friedmanites how they enjoy the juicy fruit.

“The goal of our project was to increase per capita consumption of grapefruit and grapefruit juice,” Michelle Pearson said. “To do this, we needed to…position the grapefruit from old and dull to new and adventurous.”

Without further ado, and on behalf of the Friedman students who produced this video, enjoy and share with us #HowDoYouGrapefruit.


Sheryl Lynn Carvajal is a third-year MS/MPH student, and co-editor of the Friedman Sprout. She is ready for Florida State Football, and looking forward to enjoying her last semester of grad school!

The Friedman Sprout is a monthly student run newspaper that aims to serve the student population at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, prospective students, and alumni. Our mission is to report on newsworthy information that affects the Friedman community including nutrition research, food policy, internship and volunteer opportunities, as well as school events. Our editorial slant is that of sustainability in food and nutrition.

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