Grapefruit Weight Loss: This Fruit May Contribute to Weight Loss
Grapefruit weight loss may come from the fruits ability to lower glucose levels, says the results of a test done on 100 overweight people who ate half a fresh grapefruit daily. The study also indicated that grapefruit may help people with metabolic syndrome, as well.
While more research needs to be conducted, these are very promising results.
Nutritionally, grapefruit packs a wallop in flavonoids, is a good source of pectin (soluble fiber that can help lower cholesterol) and contains the all important vitamin C.
Keeping in mind that more brightly colored fruit tends to have more antioxidants, pink and red fleshed grapefruit pack a more nutrient punch than white grapefruit.
Grapefruit is available year-round. However, they are best in winter and early spring. Since winter is looming – and cold – for many of us, we hope you’ll enjoy the following recipe meant to warm you up with baked grapefruit.
Sizzling Grapefruit Weight Loss Dessert
1 large pink grapefruit
1 teaspoon butter
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut the grapefruit in half around the middle (not end to end). With a grapefruit knife, cut between the flesh and the shell around the circumference, then cut between the sections. Try not to pierce the skin. Place the grapefruit halves on a baking sheet. Dot each grapefruit half with 1/2 teaspoon of butter. Sprinkle brown sugar over the tops. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon.
- Bake for 5 minutes, then broil until the top is bubbly. Remove the grapefruit from the oven
and place each half in an individual bowl.
Yield: 2 servings
Nutrition information per serving
68.6 calories, 15.2 g carbohydrate, 0.7 g protein, 1.3 g fat, 2.1 g dietary fiber
- Serve with 1/2-cup low fat cottage cheese
- Serve with a soft boiled egg as a breakfast
Did You Know?
Grapefruit seeds have been shown to have an antibacterial effect.