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Is Grapefruit an Effective Weight Loss Food?

Posted Sep 07 2012 1:11pm

Losing weight is no easy feat for many people, but a review of data from 2003 to 2008 shows that the simple act of eating grapefruit may be helpful in achieving that slender figure.

Researchers found that women who eat any amount of grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice weigh nearly 10 pounds less and had a 6 percent lower body mass index (BMI) than people who don’t consume the citrus fruit. Though no further details were released about what makes grapefruit lovers slimmer, Gail Rampersaud, co-author of the study and a registered dietitian from the University of Florida, said “Consuming fruits and vegetables with a high water content, like grapefruit, helps you feel fuller and more satisfied on fewer calories.”

The recent study is not the first to associate grapefruit to weight loss. A few years ago, a team of experts at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego California conducted a study on 100 obese people who ate or drank grapefruit for 12 weeks. They found that those eating grapefruit had lost an average of 3.6 pounds, and some shed as much as 10 pounds. The researchers explained that weight loss among grapefruit eaters was probably linked to lowered levels of insulin which is critical in metabolizing sugar.

Grapefruit is known to be an excellent source of vitamin C which helps support the immune system. It is also said to contain carotenoids, plant-based compounds that may have disease-preventing properties , and Vitamin A that promotes healthy vision. Other vitamins and minerals that are found in the fruit include folate, potassium, and vitamin B9.

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