Grapefruit has been a weight loss staple for a long time, and it’s for good reason. Find out all about the health benefits of grapefruit and how it can help you in achieving better health and easier weight loss!
What Are The Health Benefits of Grapefruit?
Some of the health benefits of grapefruit include:
- Better appetite control
- Reduction in blood pressure
- Reduction in total and LDL cholesterol
- Stronger immune system
- Better insulin sensitivity
Better Appetite Control
Grapefruit contains lots of water and fibre which makes it very filling, it also contains very few calories which makes it a perfect for keeping you full while you’re losing weight.
In one study, eating grapefruit before meals lead to significant decreases in weight and waist size. Of course this is at least partially due to those in the study wanting less food after eating the grapefruit, but there are other compounds in grapefruit that may aid weight loss too.
Reduction In Blood Pressure
Like many fruits and vegetables, grapefruit contains a decent amount of vitamin C which has a number of significant health benefits of its own, however grapefruits also provide potassium which helps to regulate your blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease.
Reduction Of LDL and Total Cholesterol
Grapefruits are an interesting one for cholesterol; they appear to lower cholesterol, but they don’t play nice with many cholesterol-lowering drugs. Red grapefruit appears to be nearly twice as effective for lowering cholesterol based on research so far, with reductions of up to ~16% in total cholesterol and ~20% in LDL cholesterol. Those are some big health benefits from adding a grapefruit to your daily diet!
But if you’re being prescribed medication, check with your doc first.
Stronger Immune System
Grapefruit provides a good dose of vitamin C which supports your immune system as well as providing a bunch of other health benefits too.
Better Insulin Sensitivity
Insulin resistance isn’t a good place to be, blood sugar levels and insulin levels increase in your bloodstream and you run the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Eating half a grapefruit before meals combats insulin resistance and in the long-term reduces your risk of developing diabetes. Lower insulin levels help you burn fat too!
Find more low-calorie foods that pack a nutritional punch in the ‘under 100 calories’ list!