Grapefruit: A Superfood weight loss aid
Grapefruit is considered a fat burning superfood that aids in weight loss. Here is how it aids weight loss.
In a study published by the Journal of Medicinal Food, the effects of grapefruit on subjects resulted in significant weight loss as well as showing significant reduction in 2-hour post glucose insulin levels in grapefruit takers compared to the placebo takers. Grapefruit actually lowered insulin levels, decreasing fat from being able to be stored in the human body!! This is why grapefruit is sometimes referred to as one of our “superfoods.”
Grapefruit is a citrus fruit that was discovered in Barbados in the 18th century. It was then transferred and re-planted in Florida. Grapefruits are high in fiber and only about 40-50 calories making it a great snack to eat. In addition, it consists of about 90% water, making it not only a great snack but a great pre-meal appetizer. The volume of water helps you feel full and works as an appetite suppressor.
The best part is that it takes more calories to digest grapefruit. It stimulates the release of cholecystokinin, a hormone that regulates digestive juices and acts as a hunger suppressant.
Grapefruit is loaded with Vitamin C as well, offering a good 59% of the daily recommended intake. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that your body can only get from the consumption of food. Vitamin C is necessary for proper growth and repair of tissues. Vitamin C plays a roll in preventing heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, osteoarthritis, boosting immunity, as well as other health conditions. Grapefruit also contains pectin which has been known to reduce cholesterol.
There has been much debate on the interactions that occur between grapefruit and grapefruit juice and prescription drugs. You should always consult with your doctor if you think that one of your medications may interact negatively. You may want to check this list as well as follow the research that is current from the Drug Interaction Center at the University of Florida.
If you find that you can safely start to consume grapefruit without any adverse effects, this would be a great addition to your weight loss journey!