What is the BEST fat-burning fruit?
Grapefruit contains about 9% carbs and many nutrients. One of the few fruits that actually helps reduce weight and prevent kidney stones. With 59% vitamin C content grapefruits are great supporters of the immune system. Grapefruit contains pectin, a form of soluble fiber that has been shown in animal studies to slow down the progression of atherosclerosis (plaque build-up in artery walls).
In one study, animals fed a high-cholesterol diet plus grapefruit pectin had 24% narrowing of their arteries, while animals fed the high-cholesterol diet without grapefruit pectin had 45% narrowing.
Want to reduce your risk of calcium oxalate kidney stones? Drink grapefruit juice. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that when women drank 1/2 to 1 liter of grapefruit, apple or orange juice daily, their urinary pH value and citric acid excretion increased, significantly dropping their risk of forming calcium oxalate stones.1
Naringenin, a flavonoid concentrated in grapefruit, helps repair damaged DNA in human prostate cancer cells, reports a lab study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.2
The Scripps Clinic ‘Grapefruit Diet’ study, led by Dr. Ken Fujioka, recorded the weight of 91 obese men and women for 12 weeks. Each participant was randomly assigned to one of 4 groups to receive either:
1) Placebo capsules along with 7 ounces of apple juice,
2) Grapefruit capsules with 7 ounces of apple juice,
3) 8 ounces of grapefruit juice with a placebo capsule or
4) Half of a fresh grapefruit with a placebo capsule three times a day before each meal.
After 12 weeks, the fresh grapefruit group had lost the most weight. This group lost around 3.52 lbs, the grapefruit juice group lost 3.3 lbs, the grapefruit capsule group lost 2.42 lbs, and the placebo group lost 0.66 lbs. According to the researchers, there was also a significant reduction in 2-hour post-glucose insulin level in the grapefruit group compared with placebo. 3
In fact, a recent study in La Jolla, CA, grapefruit consumption was found to be associated with a reduction in weight. Specifically because 2-hour, post-glucose insulin levels were significantly reduced among subjects consuming half a grapefruit with each meal, as compared to a placebo.
Remember that some prescription medications interact with grapefruit or grapefruit juice, so it is very important that you check with your doctor or pharmacist before eating grapefruits daily if you’re on any type of medication.
Enjoy the day!