Grapefruit is one of my favorite fruits, so I was ecstatic when we received a box of Texas pink grapefruit for Christmas. They are so sweet and delicious, not to mention packed with nutritious benefits!
You’ve likely heard about the “grapefruit diet” which has been around for years. The pros and cons of the grapefruit diet have been debated for decades. But new research on the effects of grapefruit on weight loss, published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, shows promising results.
In the study, participants who ate half a grapefruit every day lost three-times the weight of the placebo group.
Assisting with weight loss is only one of the reasons why grapefruit is great for you.
- Grapefruit has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer in smokers.
- Grapefruit contains limonoids and lycopene (phytochemicals), which have been shown to inhibit breast and prostate cancers.
- Researchers in Israel have found that red grapefruit significantly lowered triglycerides (risk factor for heart disease) and LDL (“bad cholesterol).
- Grapefruit is high in anti-oxidants, vitamin C, and potassium.
- Red and Pink grapefruit also have vitamin A and beta carotene.
As a kid I only liked grapefruit when it was smothered in brown sugar. Luckily as an adult my taste buds have been awakened, and this juicy fruit is plenty sweet enough on its own.
Side note: Grapefruit should not be eaten while taking many types of medicine because some of the phytochemicals found in grapefruit can cause certain medicines to stay in the bloodstream longer. Check with your doctor or pharmacist before eating grapefruit, if you are taking any medicine.