Turns out that there is truth behind the age-old grapefruit diet and there is a reason why it has been touted for years. Dr. Fujioka conducted a 12-week study of 100 obese patients who ate half of a grapefruit each day. At the end of the study the patients lost an average of 3.6 pounds, some even losing up to 10 pounds, without any additional changes to their diet. This group also had lower levels of insulin in their blood, which the researchers believe to be the reason for the weight loss. The smaller amount of insulin in the blood, the more efficiently our bodies use food for energy rather than storing it as fat. Grapefruits are also very low in calories and high in fiber and water content, which creates a winning combination for weight loss.
This sounded too good to be true, so I tried a grapefruit today, which is actually another food that I’ve never eaten, and I ….hated it. I really tried to like it. The grapefruit looks beautiful. The skin has the bright, healthy glow of an orange whole the inside is as bright as a sunset. I sprinkled stevia over the flesh and tried to eat it with a spoon, but it would not scoop out neatly and I kept getting juice squirt in my eye. I finally just picked it up and ate it like an orange. I was surprised at the combination of sour and bitter flavors, because I expected it to taste like an orange. I ate the entire grapefruit and even tried to sprinkle more stevia on to improve the taste, but nothing helped. So, on day 13, the score is 11-2. I’ve liked eleven of the healthy foods and only disliked two (see my post on sprouts if you missed that adventure.) I found the grapefruit to taste too bitter and it left an odd aftertaste in my mouth.
It’s too bad that I don’t enjoy grapefruit because in addition to contributing to weight loss, the heath benefits are really amazing. Grapefruits contain powerful antioxidants that contribute to reduced risk for heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and cancer, all while lowering cholesterol levels. If you don’t mind the sour taste of grapefruit, it is a great addition for your diet!
Do you like grapefruit? If so, how do you eat them? In a salad? Plain? Please share!